NEWS & UPDATES

Kerala Flood Relief Efforts

Recently, unprecedented floods in many parts of Kerala have devastated the landscape, destroying homes, displacing thousands, and taking many lives. Kochi Biennale Foundation urges material and monetary donations from any who are able. Please click here to make a...

Lisa Premke at Pepper House

Artist Lisa Premke, as part of the Pepper House Residency, has begun exploring the studio space and the Fort Kochi area. “I have been observing the soundscape and hope to create a work around that. I come from a place with extreme temperature differences...

We Stand with Shahidul Alam

Three days ago, our dear colleague and friend – a tremendous photographer, activist, and educator – Shahidul Alam, was forcibly detained by Bangladeshi authorities from his home after expressing his support for the student protests in Dhaka....

Remembering Umbayee

The prominent Mayalalam Ghazal singer and composer Umbayee passed away last week, on the 1st of August. Born in Mattancherry, he said that “Mattancherry was a melting pot of music. There was music all around. You only had to find it.” Abdul Aziz, a member...

Graphic Narratives Workshop

A workshop on Non-fiction comics and graphic stories that explores some of the everyday life processes of Mattancherry and Kochi. Eleven artists have spent a month visually researching, documenting and narrating stories that range from how traditional kochi papadams...

Adeeb Ahamed, Platinum Patron

Joining the league of ‘Platinum Patrons’, entrepreneur Adeeb Ahamed of the Abu Dhabi-headquartered Lulu Financial Group has pledged Rs one crore to the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)  was inked on August 3 in Kochi...

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
P R SATHEESH

ARTISTS

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.