Kochi Biennale 2016 : Projects Not To Miss

20 Dec, 2016 - Jyotsna Sharma

Our pick of projects not to miss at the Kochi Biennale 2016


The opening week of the Kochi Biennale saw more than 30,000 visitors. Individual performances drew crowds that averaged about 300 visitors daily through the week.


Heading there now? Here are some key things you should know and projects you must visit.


Titled Forming in the pupil of an eye’ KMB 2016 seeks to question the labels attributed to, and blur the lines between, various modes of artistic expression. The curator of this edition is eminent artist Sudarshan Shetty.

KMB 2016 is showcasing work and performances of 97 artists, cutting across multitudinous disciplines, forms and styles. The list includes writers, dancers, poets, musicians and theatre practitioners along with a host of visual artists from 36 countries. Of the 97 artists, 36 are Indian.


The exhibition is spread across 11 venues in in Fort Kochi-Mattancherry and Ernakulam. In addition to the main event, there are initiatives such as the Students’ Biennale, Art by Children, Artists’ Cinema and Music of Muziris, among others.

Here’s our pick of the projects you shouldn't miss.

 GR Iranna. 'From Ash to Ash' . Mixed Media Sculpture with Holy Ash. 


Remen Chopra. 'I see a mountain from my window, standing like an ancient Sage'. carving on waterproof recycled wood fibre.


Dia Mehta Bhupal. 'Bathroom Set' . Paper and Glue


P K Sadanandan. '12 stories (of the 12 progeny)' . mural painting using natural colours on Marine Ply Board


Gunjan Gupta. 'Kissa Kursi Ka'. 


Eva Schlegel and Carl Pruscha. 'Floating into the Night' Architectural Pavillion

Bob Gramsma. 'Riff Off'. Convrete, steel reinforcement, 8 coconut trunks as piled foundation


Students Biennale - College of Art Delhi


Students Biennale-  Aligarh Muslim University

Anamika Haksar. 'Composition on Water'


And of course, 'Sea of Pain' by Poet Raul Zurita is an imapctful work. It is made in the memory of Galip Kurdi, the brother of Alan Kurdi. The three-year-old Syrian boy whose body was washed ashore a Turkish beach in September 2015, leading to global outcry. Galip and his mother were also drowned at sea. 

Raul Zurita. 'Sea of Pain' 


Be sure to check out the Jan issue for a more in-depth article on the Biennale. 


Jyotsna Sharma is the Editor of The Wall. The Wall has been India's most well read art magazine for the last five years, subscribe and get access to premium content for free. Subscribe or read the magazine at thewallartmag.com

Topic: Art