INDIA, KERALA, COCHIN, 12/12/14 – 29/03/15

“Whorled Explorations is conceived as a temporary observation deck hoisted at Kochi. The exhibition draws upon a wide glossary of signs from this legendary maritime gateway to bring together sensory and conceptual propositions that map our world referencing history, geography, cosmology, time, space, dreams and myths.”
Jitish Kallat – Artistic Director

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel – Jitish Kallat, Artistic Director, Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014 – guiding group of local bloggers & Biennale supporters in Aspinwall House, 6th December 2014

KOCHI-MUZIRIS BIENNALE 2014  is opening a window to contemporary worldwide art and culture and for second time marking Kochi on the international art map. This year Biennale is introducing 94 artists from 30 countries and in its programme is included a STUDENTS BIENNALE, featuring 120 artists representing the major art schools in India, a CHILDRENS BIENNALE , evoking memories of boy wonder Clint, and traditional art forms.

Artistic director Jitish Kallat reflects on the making of ‘Whorled Explorations’ and Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014’s journey through waist-high grass.

The Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF) is a non-profit charitable trust engaged in promoting art & culture and educational activities in India; primary amongst them the hosting of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. KBF works around the year to strengthen contemporary art infrastructure and to broaden public access to art across India. The Kochi Biennale Foundation is also engaged in the conservation of heritage properties and monuments and the upliftment of traditional forms of art and culture. KBF was founded in 2010 by artists Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu.


10365481_941294205894426_4195535484188540852_oThe Government of Kerala is the primary sponsor of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale.The Ministry of Culture and Tourism contributed Rs 9 crores towards KMB 2012 in two tranches in 2011 and in 2013. In January 2014, the Finance Minister of Kerala included Rs 2 crores in the State budget for the anticipated production costs of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014. It e has not been released so far.Organisers are concerned about financial constraints. Biennale Foundation has sought help from the public as well. #KeepBiennaleAlive

Text: Zuzana Zwiebel based on information: &


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