Students’ Biennale now open for public

Art historian Geeta Kapur addresses the opening ceremony of the third edition of Student’s Biennale in Kochi on Thursday.

Art historian Geeta Kapur addresses the opening ceremony of the third edition of Student’s Biennale in Kochi on Thursday.  

Works of over 200 students from across India on display

Students’ Biennale, a key component of the ongoing Kochi Muziris Biennale, opened for the public on Thursday.

It is the third edition of the Students’ Biennale, which has an exhibition with works of over 200 students from across India and some of the neighbouring countries, an education forum and field-based research on the condition of art education.

The event led by six curators is spread across seven venues in Mattancherry and Fort Kochi. The opening ceremony at Cabral Yard on Thursday was addressed by Kochi Biennale Foundation President Bose Krishnamachari besides art historian Geeta Kapur, Deepika Sorabjee of Tata Trusts, Lauren Lovelace of the US Consulate in Chennai and Shukla Sawant, one of the curators of Students’ Biennale.

Mr. Krishnamachari said art education was an important mission of the foundation. “In the last two editions, Students’ Biennale featured around 60 art colleges in the country,” he recalled. Put together around the theme of ‘Making as thinking’, the Students’ Biennale now has 27 participants from Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka putting up 10 projects.

The works for the Students’ Biennale were selected from 1,500 entries the foundation received this year. “We have also been able to give students an increased production grant this year,” Mr. Krishnamachari added.

Like in 2016, this edition will give away the Tata Trusts Students’ Biennale International and National Awards to curators and students. They will be selected by a jury towards the close of the Biennale in March next year

The Students’ Biennale venues are Mohammed Ali Warehouse, Kishore Spices, KVN Arcade, Armaan Building, Coir building Mattancherry Temple and VKL, Mattancherry. The curators, besides Ms. Sawant are Sanchayan Ghosh (Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan), independent curator Shruti Ramalingaiah and artists Krishnapriya C.P., K.P. Reji, and M.P. Nishad.

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