NEWS & UPDATES

Insha Manzoor: Open Studios

Kochi Biennale Foundation welcomes all interested to Pepper House Artist-in-Residence Insha Manzoor’s open studios. Insha has been staying in Kochi, creating immersive sculptural work since the end of May, and now will showcase her work and process at Pepper...

KMB Exchange Spotlight: Fahad T E

Fahad T E, Operation Manager at Kochi Biennale Foundation, is off on an exciting trip to the United Kingdom, made possible by the New North and South network of organisations. The New North and South consists of eleven arts organisations from across the North of...

Fellowship for Young Kerala Artists!

A fantastic opportunity for young artists from various disciplines: Kerala Department of Culture’s Diamond Jubilee Fellowship Program! “Fellowship Artists will be provided with a monthly payment of Rs. 10,000/- by the Department of Culture for a period of...

KMB 2018: First Artist Announcement

It is with great excitement that the Kochi Biennale Foundation announces the first list of participating artists for the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. In its title, the Biennale is an invocation of the latent cosmopolitan spirit of the contemporary metropolis…

Comics Workshop with Orijit Sen

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Kochi Biennale Foundation invites applications for the Master Practice Studios non-fiction comics workshop led by Orijit Sen. The workshop will focus on creating visual narratives through the development of both story-making craft as well as...

Let’s Talk: BV Suresh

As part of our Let’s Talk series, artist and educator BV Suresh presented the evolution of his work and practise over the years at Pepper House, Fort Kochi. While biographical, his works – that ranged widely in medium, from painting to video to installation –...

ARTISTS ANNOUNCED

AERNOUT MIK
AKRAM ZAATARI
ANNU PALAKUNNATHU MATTHEW
ARAYA RASDJARMREARNSOOK
B V SURESH
BARTHÉLÉMY TOGUO
E B ITSO
GOSHKA MACUGA
GUERILLA GIRLS
HERI DONO
INES DOUJAK + JOHN BARKER
JITISH KALLAT
JUN NGUYEN-HATSUSHIBA
MADHVI PAREKH
MARLENE DUMAS
NILIMA SHEIKH
PANGROK SULAP

ARTISTS

P R SATHEESH
PRABHAKAR PACHPUTE
RANA HAMADEH
RINA BANERJEE
SANTU MOFOKENG
SHILPA GUPTA
SHIRIN NESHAT
SHUBIGI RAO
SONG DONG
SUE WILLIAMSON
SUNIL GUPTA + CHARAN SINGH
TANIA BRUGUERA
THOMAS HIRSCHHORN
VALIE EXPORT
VIPIN DHANURDHARAN
VIVIAN CACCURI
WALID RAAD
WILLIAM KENTRIDGE

VENUES

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Aspinwall House
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Aspinwall House is a large sea-facing property in Fort Kochi on the way to Mattancherry. The property was originally the business premises of Aspinwall & Company Ltd established in 1867 by English trader John H Aspinwall. Under his leadership the company traded in coconut oil, pepper, timber, lemon grass oil, ginger, turmeric, spices, hides and later in coir, coffee, tea and rubber. The large compound contains office buildings, a residential bungalow and a number of warehouses and smaller outer-lying structures. A primary venue for the Biennale, Aspinwall has been loaned to Kochi-Muziris Biennale by DLF Limited in association with the Gujral Foundation.
Pepper House
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Pepper House is a waterfront heritage property located on Kalvathi Road in between Fort Kochi and Bazar Road. The building consists of two historic ‘godowns’ (an Indian word for a dockside warehouse), one facing the street and another overlooking the waterfront. These large, two-story buildings with Dutch style clay roofs are separated by a large courtyard which would have once been used for storing goods waiting to be loaded onto ships in the harbour. The sixteen thousand square feet Pepper House complex was renovated and currently houses a courtyard cafe, visual arts library, gallery, studios for artist residencies and event spaces.
Kashi Art Cafe
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An old Dutch property converted into a cafe by Anoop Scaria and Dorrie Younger, Kashi Art Cafe opened in 1997 with an exhibition by C V Ramesh. Over the years since then, Kashi Art Cafe has become the hub of Kochi’s contemporary art scene. The Cafe contains a permanent collection of artworks including those of Christina Mamakos, K S Radhakrishnan, Pradeep Naik and Riyas Komu.
Cabral Yard
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Towards the end of the 19th century Aspinwall & Company began trading in coir. In 1904 the company acquired the Cabral Yard property on which they constructed a hydraulic press for coir yarn. The property gets its name from Portuguese navigator Cabral, who made the first shipment of merchandise from Cochin in 1500 AD.
David Hall
David Hall
Named after David Koder, a Jewish businessman who resided here with his family, David Hall is a Dutch bungalow built around 1695 by the Dutch East India Company, located on the north side of Parade Ground in Fort Kochi. It is believed that the property was used to accommodate military personnel during the Dutch occupation. Since 2007 the building has been leased by CNO India to CGH Earth, an ecologically conscious hotel group. David Hall is currently an art gallery and cafe, and regularly hosts a variety of collateral events in the garden at the rear of the property.