Students’ Biennale

Students' Biennale


A higher education initiative


The Student’s Biennale has been conceived as part of Kochi Biennale Foundation’s ‘Higher Education Programme’. It aims to create an alternative platform for students from Government-run art colleges in India to reflect upon their art practices and exhibit their works to a global audience. It will bring together works of art students from across the country under one roof, and thus would become a survey of the diversity of styles and pedagogic traditions current in India’s art education system.

The exhibition will be curated by a team of 15 young curators who will work along with a dedicated advisory committee of leading artists, art thinkers and educators. The curators will work directly with final year BFA and MFA students of art colleges to understand their work, and will be involved in the selection of works for the exhibition.

The Student’s Biennale will run parallel to the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014 and will open on December 13, 2014 at Mohammed Ali Warehouse, Mattanchery.


Parni Ray

parni_rayParni Ray did her MA in Arts and Aesthetics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and, occasionally, writes on art. She started her career as a Research and Curatorial assistant at Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi and then floundered around for a while in the choppy waters of the Indian art scene. Most recently she has worked with the Rajeev Sethi Company on their art programme at the Mumbai airport and Pro Helvetia, New Delhi. Currently, she lives in Calcutta. 

Lina Vincent Sunish

linaLina Vincent Sunish is an art historian and curator based in Goa, India. In the last ten years she has worked in the areas of arts research, design, curation and public art programming. She contributes to various Indian and International art magazines, including Art & Deal (Delhi) and Nigaah (Karachi/UAE). Selected curatorial projects include ‘I am Here’ an exhibition of videos at Jaaga Creative Common Space, Bangalore (2011), ‘Between the Lines: Identity, Place and Power – Selections from the Waswo X Waswo Collection of Indian Printmaking’ NGMA Bangalore and Mumbai ( 2012-13); ‘under my skin…under your skin’ selected video works by Baptist Coelho (2013-ongoing); MEMORABILIA, Sumukha Bangalore (2014). She is a curator with the Artist Pension Trust (APTGlobal) and India adviser for ARTPORT SPain. She is currently designing an educational exhibition on India’s medical heritage for Trans-Disciplinary University Bangalore (supported by UNDP). 

Anannya Mehtta

anannyaAnannya Mehtta is a curator- researcher based in New Delhi. After completing her Masters in Political Science from Delhi University, she went on to study film-making at PCFE Prague. She has worked on independent film projects for various not for profit initiatives. As an independent filmmaker she has directed, scripted and produced several documentaries and short films before joining NDTV as an assistant producer.

She was awarded the Curatorial research fellowship at the Delfina Foundation, London (2012) supported by the Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art in partnership with Iniva and the Goldsmiths College Department of Visual Cultures and the PhD. Programme in Curatorial/Knowledge. Anannya participated in the Asian Curators’ Program in Japan organized by the Japan Foundation.

She joined the Devi Art Foundation in 2010 as Assistant Curator and is in charge of Programming and Exhibitions. 

Jigna Padhiar

jignaJigna Padhiar (b. 1980 Kutch, Gujarat) is currently based in Bombay. She has been working in the field of contemporary Indian art in various capacities since 9 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in art history from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda. She began her career as a gallery assistant and soon gave it up to pursue art writing. She worked as an art correspondent for city supplements of Times of India and Hindustan Times from 2006 to 2010. Her urge to work closely with the arts led her to work as assistant for archive and research at Reena Kallat Studio, after which she joined the India Foundation for the Arts to set up their Mumbai chapter. Currently she is programming the What About Art residency and video lab in Mumbai.

In 2011, she participated in the Why Not Place Residency at Religare Arts, New Delhi and In Conversation artists and writers workshop in Kenya as art writer and critic. Her articles have appeared in Art Radar, Art & Deal, Art Fair, Art Journal, Art Slant among others. Her current interests include developing research projects in contemporary arts. As part of the Kochi Students Biennale her curatorial research is focused on three art institutions – JJ School of Art, Bombay, Bharati Kala Mahavidyalay, Pune and The Govt College of Fine Arts, Indore. 

Pallavi Paul

pallaviPaul’s work is deeply engaged in the technologies of poetry and time travel. She works primarily with video and the installation form to propose orders of tensility that inhabit  non-fiction material. Using the disruption between ‘reality image’ and ‘documentary’ as a starting point,  she attempts to create a laboratory of possibilities which test the contours of fantasy, resistance, politics and history.

Her curiosities lead her towards mechanics and disruptions rather than continuities. The textures of video, an inherently staccato form, are used by her as an allegory to open out the potential for exploring dimished moments. The ambition of her work is to create an imaginative playfield where historical combustion can be extricated from the languages of deficiency and mourning, to become a playful critical interface. Paul’s primary influence is the chaos of the contemporary and the dizzying tesselations that sprout from it.

Paul’s works have been shown at Tate Modern Gallery(London), Edinburgh Art Festival(Edinburgh),  Hundred Years of Experimentation ( 1913- 2013) Retrospective of Indian Cinema and Video, Experimenta Film Festival(Bangalore), Mumbai Film Festival(Mumbai). 

Charu Maithani

charuCharu Maithani is a researcher and writer based in New Delhi, India. She completed her MA in Aural and Visual Culture from Goldsmiths Colleges, London in 2010. Between 2010-13, she was a Curator and Programs Manager at Khoj International Artists’ Organisation, Delhi and undertook several residencies and exhibitions including Auditions – International Sound Residency (2013), Of Games, international residency and exhibition on games (2013), Khoj Dus Tak – a three day event of 27 projects (2012), KhojLive 2012 (2012), an evening of thirteen performances and The Augmented Square Mile (2011), an augmented reality projects with the archives of Khoj community art projects. As a recipient of an arts research grant, by India Foundation for Arts (IFA), she is researching visualisation and aural adaptations of Hindi science fiction. She is manager and researcher for the forthcoming website,, on Indian modern and contemporary art discourse. 

Vaishnavi Ramanathan

vaishnaviVaishnavi Ramanathan is a freelance researcher and art writer based in Chennai. She completed her Masters in Art History from Chitrakala Parishat Bangalore. She was awarded the Charles Wallace fellowship by the British Council which she utilised to study Art History and Curation at the University of Essex, UK. Her passion is writing on art and her articles have been published in magazines such as Art and Deal, Take on Art and Marg. She has just finished co-authoring a book for the Piramal Art Foundation, Mumbai on the art works in their collection. She has assisted in the making of several documentary films on contemporary artists of Tamil Nadu and has worked with leading galleries and art organisations in South India. Of these, her experience at DakshinaChitra, a museum dedicated to the vernacular art heritage of South India and her research for the exhibition ‘Vernacular in the Contemporary’ (Devi Art Foundation) particularly shaped her and made her realise the need for evolving new frameworks for understanding different visual traditions.  She has taught Art History at the Bangalore University where she enjoyed interacting with the students and being part of a process of mutual learning.

Her other interests include travelling, gardening and playing the veena. 

Geetika Arora

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Geetika pursued her MVA in art history from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda in 2012. She participated in a short course on film appreciation from Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, in 2010. After graduating she worked in a gallery for a few months. In October 2014 she independently curated the show titled Vis a viS showcasing 30 artists who worked with visuals, stories and text. She was a part of Abhisaran, a South Asian Residency, at JSW, Vijayanagar, Bellary, Karnataka (November 2014) which was a collateral event of KMB 2014, as an assistant curator.  

Aryakrishnan Ramakrishnan

aryakrishnanAryakrishnan is presently pursuing his PhD from Ambedkar University Delhi, after finishing his Masters in Visual Arts. He finds interest in socialising, meeting different people and interacting with them, considering them integral to his practice where he takes different roles as being an activist, artist and curator. Thus the aspect of collaborative possibilities and encounters with people has been central to his practice. He considers ‘Art’ a possibility amongst other modes of sensibilities, thus retaining  it important to consider different forms of sensible engagement. Rather than taking up a role or confining to one field, he sees these as different means which help him understand the larger questions of aesthetics and politics. His M.A thesis project, ‘Sweet Maria Monument’, could be considered the culmination of these practices, where his drawings, curation, installation, code poetry and performance all gather together to create a monument for ‘sweet Maria’ – a transgender activist and friend who was murdered for her constant provocations and claims to the public. His current practice is not far from his past life, it reveals a different relation between access and recreation of an impossible archive, where he plays different roles including, the role of the artist. 

Arko Datto

arkoArko is an artist and curator currently based out of Kolkata. His aim with photography is two-fold. He wants to push the boundaries of photography, question what it means to be a photographer in the digital age while simultaneously playing the role of observer, commentator and mediator on critical contemporary social issues.

Born in 1986, he was on his way to a doctorate in the theoretical sciences before deciding to change course and explore the burgeoning field of contemporary photography.

His documentary work is regularly published by NEWSWEEK, BBC, Al Jazeera and other international media organisations while his more recent projects CYBERSEX and CROSSINGS have been published by NEON, GUP, Feature Shoot, HOTSHOE and other publications of contemporary photography.

Awarded by POYI and AMERCIAN PHOTO in 2014 for his work, he completed his education in photography from the Danish School of Journalism, Aarhus in 2013 and has been nominated twice for the World Press Photo Masterclass.

His projects have been exhibited at Angkor Photo Festival, Delhi Photo Festival and OBSCURA Festival of Photography in Malaysia. As a curator, he is associated with the Kochi Biennale and OBSCURA. 

Faiza Hasan

faizaFaiza Hasan completed her B.F.A in Painting from JNA&FAU in 2011 with the Gold Medal for Best Outgoing Student (Painting) 2011 as well as the PervaramSantaji Gold Medal (B.F.A Painting) 2011. She completed her M.F.A in Art History from the University of Hyderabad in 2014 with the University of Hyderabad gold medal.

Primarily a watercolourist, she currently works with embroidered water-colours, fabrics of domestic use and other materials and techniques that are frequently and stereotypically associated with women, in order to talk about issues of violence against women.Her work, as well as their titles, are drawn from public utterances that were made by politicians on the issues of misogynistic violence.

Faiza Hasan lives and works in Hyderabad, India. 

Sachin Shobhana

sachinSachin has a BFA in Painting from the College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram. He has extensive work experience in the field of animation. As part of the curatorial team at the Student’s Biennale, Sachin will work with art schools in the South Zone. 

Krupa Desai

krupaAfter a post graduate degree in Social Sciences from Tata Institute of Social Science, Krupa is currently enrolled for a research program at the School Of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU, New Delhi. In between, she worked with the Social Justice Department in Patna on a TISS fellowship and found time to re-align with her long cherished hobby – visual arts. As she works towards a nuanced understanding of performance studies in her dissertation, she feels it pertinent to explore the very thin, often fused line between visual effect and embodiment and the politic of the public sphere. When not typing academic jargons, she likes to make personal zines, read DIY blogs and cook experimental bake dishes. At other times, she is happy walking around historical sites in Delhi and sleeping under the sound of Mumbai rains. 

Pranamita Borgohain

pranamithaPranamita Borgohain is a freelance art curator and writer based in Delhi. She did her masters from the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in 2007. Her area of research in M Phil was the Contemporary art of North East (Assam) and did considerable field work in the area. She has served as the Deputy Curator at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi and as an Art Consultant at the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. She has been a part of many Curatorial Projects along with few independent ones. She has lectured at various camps on contemporary art from Lalit Kala Akademi. She writes on the contemporary art of India as well as North East India for various national Art Magazines/ Journals – Art India, Art & Deal, Contemporary Art Journal, Creative Mind, China etc. 

Sumaiya Khan

sumaiyaSumaiya Raza Khan is a post-graduate in Arts & Aesthetics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has worked as a senior correspondent with India  Today and at the Hindustan Times after a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Delhi. Her journalistic work was largely centred around gender and women. She has also done archival research for organisations like INTACH, the Mehrangarh Museum Trust and the Virasat-e-Khalsa Museum. Besides the visual arts, her interest lies in the history and heritage of the South Asian region and political discourses that surround these today. On a pleasant day she may be found eating, reading, procrastinating, or simply talking away to strange people. She lives and works in New Delhi.




Participating Institutions/ Students


  • Imphal Art College – Royalkriss Thangjam, Krishnachandra Sharma


  • Department of Fine Arts, Tripura University – Bishnu Pal, Biplab Ghosh, Partha Banik


  • Assam University, Silchar – Sumanta Dutta Chowdhury, Amritanand Nayak, Gangotree Dasgupta
  • Govt. Art College, Guwahati – Monuj Kumar Sharma, Abinash Daimay, Fakiruddin Ali

West Bengal

  • Kala Bhavan, Shantiniketan – Md. Aslam, Jagwinder, Rajeshwar Rao Dada, Suman Chandra
  • Govt. College of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata – Asmar Atham, Tiu Hazra, Anupam Bera
  • Rabindra Bharti, Kolkata


  • Govt College of Arts and Crafts, Khallikote, Odisha – Kedarnath Majhi, Baruna Behera, Shesadev Sagaria, Bikas
  • B K College of Arts and Crafts, Bhubaneshwar – Rajesh Kumar Behera, Bibhuti Prusty 


  • Rajasthan School of Arts, Jaipur – Priyank Gothwal, Priyesh Gothwal


  • M.S. (Maharaja Sayajirao) University of Baroda : Faculty of Fine Arts, Vadodara – Shailesh Ramamurthy, Abhishek Narayan Verma


  • Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai – Rohan Koli, Gouromi Das, Amit Kshirsagar
  • Bhartiya Vidhyaapeeth, Pune University – Rohan Koli, Gouromi Das, Amit Kshirsagar


  • Goa College of Art, Panaji – Divesh Gadekar, Kalpit Gaonkar, Leticia Alvares

Madhya Pradesh

  • Govt. Institute of Fine Arts, Indore – Aabhas Mahindre, Himanshu Lodwal, Mukesh Rajak
  • Govt. Lalit Kala Sansthan, Jabalpur – – Satish Chadar, Sunil Mishra, Vaishali Yadav 


  • University of Jammu : Institute of Music and Fine Arts, Jammu (Tawi) – Rachita Dutta, Mukesh Kumar, Ashima Sharma, Kaneesh Panotra, Divya Bandral


  • University of Kashmir: Institute of Music and Fine Arts, Srinagar – Bushra Mir, Irfan Butt, Khurshid Mushtaq Ali, Maria Fayaz, Mehnaz Gani, Mir Mehmood, Muhammad Younis, Noorul Ain, Rufsa Bashir, Saqib Bhat, Suhail Ahmad Sofi, Sayeed Teli, Sumaira Majeed, Zaid Mehraj


  • Government College of Art, Chandigarh – Ravi Kant, Prabhjot Saundh, Udham Gahlawat, Dideshwor Singh


  • College of Art, Delhi – Ashish Sahoo, Akshay Sethi, Digbijayee Khatua
  • Ambedkar University, Delhi – Anarya, Chandni Arun Narendra, Namisha Singh
  • Jamia Milia Islamia, Delhi – Mohammad Arif, S Venkatesh S Rao, Zahoor Kashmiri

Uttar Pradesh

  • Visual Arts, Bananras Hindu University, Varanasi – Dileep Kumar, Shreekant, Sameer Dwivedi
  • Department of Fine Arts, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh – Maqfi Fatma Aziz, Md.Tarique Anwar


  • Patna College of Art & Craft, Patna — Manoj Kumar, Sanatan Mandal


  • CAVA, Mysore – Santhosh Kumar A, Deepak K, Deepak MS
  • Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore – Prasad KV, Yash Bhandari, Sridhar Gangolli
  • Department of Visual Art, Bangalore University – Prasanna Kumar BC, Sameer Rao, Sunil BV, Lohith Kumar M

Andhra Pradesh

  • JNAFAU College of Fine Arts, Hyderabad – G. Sai Babu, K. Prashanth Chary
  • Vaizag Art College, Vishakhapatnam – Karthik T, Manikata Varma S, Maruthi Manohar B, Nook Raju, Ch Pradeep Kumar K, Rajasekhar T, Rama Devi M, Sirish Reddy K, Srinivas P, Srinivasa Rao D
  • Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad – Ankit Patel, Shailesh Dabholkar, Naresh Suna


  • College of Fine Arts, Trivandrum – Subsraj S, Riyas Perokkara, Deepak C, Biju R, Nithin Babu, Ershad Mavayil
  • College of Fine Arts, Raja Ravivarma College of Fine Arts, Mavelikkara – Nitheesh M, Alokjith, Sajith
  • Department of Fine Arts, Sree Shankaracharya University, Kalady – Akhil K Chandran, John Vargese, Arun Ravi
  • R.L.V College of Fine Arts, Tripunithura – Sooraja K S, Jaya PS, Samson P S, Sanesh Kollanandy, Rinku Theophin
  • Fine Arts College, Thrissur – Geethu K Gopi, Prajith E, Sharath Babu

Tamil Nadu

  • Government College of Fine Arts, Kumbakonam – M Selvam, J Muruganandham, P Devaraj