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Kochi-Muziris Biennale fifth edition to be curated by Shubigi Rao

Kochi-Muziris Biennale fifth edition to be curated by Shubigi Rao

Confirmed first list of artists for the December 2020 event

Quipu Mapocho created by Cecilia Vicuña, 2017
Quipu Mapocho created by Cecilia Vicuña, 2017

Singaporean artist Shubigi Rao is to curate the fifth edition of India's Kochi-Muziris Biennale.

Titled 'In our Veins Flow Ink and Fire' the forthcoming exhibition “embodies the pleasure of experiencing practices of divergent sensibilities, under conditions both joyful and grim," say organisers.

In her curatorial note, Rao calls for "persistent optimism" and invites artists and the public to explore the redemptive and revolutionary power of practice. 

Biennale director Bose Krishnamachari adds:“As humanity combats this pandemic, I believe that art and culture will not just allow for healing, but will also create a space for togetherness. We have trust in this ability of art, and we think that the Biennale in Kochi can be a site for self-reflection and further imagination.”

From December 12th 2020 to April 10th 2021, a programme of seminars, screenings, performances and workshops, will run at various sites across the city of Kochi, on the south-west coast of India.

Artists from around the world have confirmed for the 3.5 month contemporary art event, which is the largest of its kind in South Asia.

They include Cecilia Vicuña, who lives and works between New York City and Santiago; Sámi artist collective Dáiddadállu; Egypt's Iman Issa and the New York creative Joan Jonas.


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