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  • Mar 07, 2017

Kochi-Muziris Biennale Finds A Permanent Home

Cabral Yard, another existing space used for the

The Kerala government is recognized as the KMB’s biggest supporter. For the current edition, the Biennale received INR 75 million (approximately USD 1.1 million) from the government. KBF will receive an additional INR 20 million (approximately USD 300,000) as a working fund for the 2017–18 financial year. 

The third iteration of the KMB, entitled “Forming in the Pupil of an Eye” is currently underway and features 97 artists from more than 31 countries. Curated by Mumbai-based artist, Sudarshan Shetty, KMB 2016 follows the tradition of having artists at its helm, with mutimedia artist Jitish Kallat as artistic director in 2014. Shetty is a conceptual artist known for his sculptural installations that raise questions surrounding the rapid modernization of India. 

It is hoped that this new permanent venue as well as the additional support from the government will help to raise the profile of the event. “The Biennale creates an ecosystem to nurture the arts and the government, in sustaining such a project, has recognized it to be so,” said KBF secretary, Riyas Komu, who was also co-curator of KMB’s inaugural edition.

The current edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, "Forming in the Pupil of an Eye,” is on view at various locations in Fort Kochi until March 29, 2017. 

Brittany Dale is editorial intern at ArtAsiaPacific. 

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