Bose Krishamachari to curate inaugural edition of Yinchuan Biennale

Co-founder of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale will provide artistic leadership to biennale in China 


Kochi, May 31: Internationally acclaimed artist and co-founder of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) Bose Krishnamachari will curate the inaugural Yinchuan biennale in China, shaping the city’s first foray into the global art scene along a roadmap set by India’s only Biennale.

Titled For An Image, Faster Than Light, Krishnamachari has already chosen 40 out of the 80 international artists who will showcase their works within the dramatic environs of the Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan (MOCA Yinchuan) from September 9 to December 18, 2016.

The featured artists will explore a range of contemporary issues, in keeping with the breadth of Krishnamachari’s creative vision and the cosmopolitan ethic that is also the hallmark of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. The extensive and pluralistic list of participating artists includes Ai Weiwei, the iconic Chinese dissident artist; Anish Kapoor, Riyas Komu, co-founder of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, and Sudarshan Shetty, curator of the 2016 edition of the Biennale in Kochi. 

 Speaking of his curatorial concept, Krishnamachari said, “This biennale in China can postulate different themes, including spiritual and social consciousness, an examination of political narratives and critical global engagement and an acknowledgment of a collective responsibility therein.”

“A light to be seen through art’s eyes. It is indeed a circle in which we seek, from beginning to end, a light to hold within the image of a finger bowl,” he added, noting the potential of a cultural extravaganza to create discourse and frame conflicts confronting the modern world.

The biennale will also see a host of cultural activities like music programmes and seminars on the various aspects of the concept note.

Krishnmachari’s oeuvre includes drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, design, installation and architecture. His works have shaped the direction of contemporary Indian art. He has exhibited in several important solo and group exhibitions in Amsterdam, Norway, Denmark and Rome. He has also undertaken many curatorial projects apart from being the artistic director of the first KMB in 2012.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan is the first contemporary museum along the Yellow River in the northwest of China. It is considered among the best new museums in China. Many of the site-specific works will involve artistic residencies in MOCA Yinchuan’s International Artist Village. 

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