Kochi-Muziris Biennale from December 12

The 2020 edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, which was postponed due to the Covid pandemic, will now be held from December 12 this year to April 10 next.

The exhibition is curated by Singaporean artist Shubigi Rao and is titled ‘In Our Veins Flow Ink and Fire’. It is slated to showcase the works of around 80 artists and collectives, with over 45 new commissions.

Like the earlier editions, the art event will be held across venues in West Kochi and Ernakulam.

“A biennale can be so much more than a mere accumulation of coincidental collisions. As a bulwark against despair, the biennale as commons may seem an impossible idea. But we remember the ability of our species, our communities, to flourish artistically even in fraught and dire situations, with a refusal in the face of disillusionment to disavow our poetry, our languages, our art and music, our optimism and humour,” Ms. Rao said in her curatorial note.

“To envision this biennale as a persistent yet unpredictable murmuration in the face of capriciousness and volatility comes from my unshakeable conviction in the power of storytelling as strategy, of the transgressive potency of ink, and transformative fire of satire and humour,” she added.

This year’s edition will mark ten years of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale and will see a set of reforms and new programmes.

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