NEWS & UPDATES
Kochi Biennale Foundation was deeply saddened to hear that John Anthony, one of the pioneers of Karnatic fusion music and guitar virtuoso, is no more. He made his name as a guitarist par excellence in the film music world in Chennai (where he worked with music...
Kochi Biennale Foundation is pleased to invite you to Karnatik Kattaikkuttu with TM Krishna, Sangeetha Sivakumar and Rajagopal and the Kattaikkuttu Sangam at 7 pm on Sunday, Jan 13 at the Biennale Pavilion in Fort...
Transilvanian DJ Nico de Transilvania, who lives and works in London, mixes World Electronic Beats with Dance Music underlined by deep basslines. Nico has headlined at music, film, and art events from the Secret Garden Party, Big Chill, and Bestival, to Art Dubai,...
A Brief Reflection US-based artist Chitra Ganesh, whose painting and video work can be seen at Aspinwall House as part of the fourth edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale, spoke to a varied public audience at the Pavilion about her practice, from early works to ongoing...
Art Rises for Kerala Auction Showcases Masterworks for Post-Flood Aid A Preview Exhibition in Support of the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund Opens to the Public Kochi Biennale Foundation has opened a preview exhibition for works that will be part of the ARK relief...
An essential part of the fourth edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale as envisioned by curator Anita Dube is the temporary structure called the Pavilion at Cabral Yard. From January 2, 2019 onwards, the Pavilion welcomes casual discussion and sharing amongst visitors and...
ARTISTS & INFRA-PROJECTS
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Akram Zaatari (b. 1966 in Sidon, Lebanon) is a filmmaker, photographer, archival artist and curator. He has played a critical role in developing the intellectual, and institutional infrastructure of Beirut’s contemporary art scene. As a co-founder of the Arab Image Foundation, a groundbreaking, artist-driven organization devoted to the research and study of photography in the Arab world, he has made invaluable contributions to the wider discourse on archival practice. As one of the young artists who emerged from the short-lived era of experimentation in Lebanon’s television industry, Akram Zaatari has produced more than fifty films, videos, a dozen books, and countless installations of photographic material. All these works share an interest in histories related to excavation, political resistance, civil war and the play of letters that have been lost, found, buried, discovered, or otherwise delayed in reaching their destinations. He lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon. Akram Zaatari has been exploring issues pertinent to post-war Lebanon. He investigates the way television mediates territorial conflicts and wars, and is particularly interested in logic of religious and national resistance movements, and the circulation and production of images in the context of today’s geographic division in the Middle East. Akram Zaatari had been selected to represent Lebanon at the 2013 Venice Biennale by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, curators for the Lebanese Pavilion. His work has been widely exhibited worldwide in Biennales and venues such as the Centre Pompidou.
ANJALI MONTEIRO + KP JAYASANKAR
Anjali Monteiro and K.P. Jayasankar are Professors at the School of Media and Cultural Studies (www. smcs.tiss.edu), Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. They are involved in media production, teaching and research. They have played a key role in setting up the School of Media and Cultural Studies, TISS and the MA programme in Media and Cultural Studies. Their documentary films, which have been screened across the world, have won 32 national and international awards Their most recent awards are the Best film award at the International Folk Film Festival, Kathmandu and the Basil Wright Prize for So Heddan So Hoddan (Like Here Like There) at the 13th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film 2013. Retrospectives of their work include Vibgyor Film Festival, Kerala, 2006; Bangalore Film Society, 2010; Madurai International Film Festival, 2012, Parramasala Sydney, 2013, Thrissur International Film Festival 2018 and India International Centre 2018. An adaptation of their film Saacha (The Loom) was a part of the art exhibition ‘Project Space: Word. Sound. Power.’ at the Tate Modern, London, in 2013; and at Khoj, New Delhi in 2014. They have served as jury and as festival consultants and directors to several film festivals in India. They have mentored many student and fellowship documentary film projects as commissioning editors. They have a recent book entitled A Fly in the Curry, on independent Indian documentary, (Sage, 2016) which won a Special Mention in the National Film Awards, 2016. They are recipients of several fellowships, including the Howard Thomas Memorial Fellowship in Media Studies, the Fulbright visiting lecturer fellowship, and the Erasmus Mundus scholarship, among others. They have been visiting faculty at several leading media and design institutions and lectured at universities in the USA, Australia, Europe, and in Asian countries. They are active in campaigns for freedom of expression.
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