Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu receives GQ Men of The Year Award

Kochi, Sep 28: Renowned artists Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu, who were the co-curators of the first edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale, were awarded this year’s prestigious GQ Men of The Year Award in recognition of their phenomenal contribution in popularising the contemporary art in India.

The duo, who played a key role in giving India its biennale, received the award under the category ‘Inspiration’ from celebrated artist Jitish Kallat, the curator of the second edition of the Kochi Muziris Biennale, at a function held in Mumbai.

Past winners of the prestigious award include Kumar Mangalam Birla, Narayana Murthy, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, AR Rahman, Leander Paes, Omar Abdullah and Adi Godrej.

The two artists, of Malayalee descent now based in Mumbai, were largely instrumental in bringing some of the finest world artists under one roof for exploring art diversities in India. The platform also familiarized the importance of art and its culture to the common man.

"It's an honour bestowed upon not just us, but all the supporters of Kochi-Muziris Biennale who worked seamlessly—workers without borders—to make it a grand success. It is also an acknowledgement of the importance of 'soft power', and we cannot progress without a robust and vibrant visual cultural. For us the Biennale was an immensely humbling experience,” said Bose after receiving the award.

“We feel happy receiving this award on behalf of KBF. This award is for the entire team that make KMB possible and all our supporters including artists and the people of Kochi,” added Komu.

Bose, the founder-member and president of Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF), is driven by desire to support budding artists. He, along with Riyas Komu, Secretary and Programme Director of KBF, initiated many academic programmes and art residency camps on the sidelines of the biennale to support the young talents.

Bose’s practice includes drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, design, installation and architecture. His artistic endeavours plumb creative depths to give contemporary Indian art a new direction. He has exhibited in several important solo and group exhibitions in Amsterdam, Norway, Denmark and Rome. He also undertook many curatorial projects apart from being the artistic director of the India’s first ever Biennale in 2012.

Riyas Komu is a multi-media artist and activist working towards developing the art infrastructure in India. His critically acclaimed political works have been exhibited extensively in India and abroad, which include several key works that focus specially on the political and cultural history of Kerala.

Komu was one of two artists from India to be selected by curator Robert Storr for the 52nd Venice Biennale. His exhibitions have been held in several countries, including The Netherlands, Norway and South Korea. He also co-curated two football film festivals in 2012 at the International Film Festival of India, Goa and the International Film Festival of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram.


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