The artist, art historian and critic Anita Dube has been announced as 2018 curator of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in Kerala, following in the footsteps of artists Sudarshan Shetty (2016), Jitish Kallat (2014) and Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu (2012).
As the largest platform for contemporary art in South Asia, KMB has been steadily solidifying its position since its inaugural edition in 2012. It is not only the first-ever biennale infrastructure to thrive in the region, but also acts as a critical stage for Indian art to be reconsidered at a local and international level. The most recent biennale closed with an event at the end of March following a total footfall of 600,000 visitors. “I accept the responsibility with excitement and humility,” Dube stated at the closing. “It is early days yet and my thoughts will no doubt undergo several changes going forward, but I view this as an opportunity to do something special.”
Dube was selected by a jury including artist Ravi Agarwal, academic Kavita Singh, and cultural journalist and curator Sadanand Menon, alongside Kochi Biennale Foundation trustees such as V Sunil and Krishnamachari, among others. A fitting candidate, her conceptual, political body of work in the form of objects, performance and text resonates with the socio-political critique and experiential format that the biennale offers. Described by Krishnamachari at the event as a “thinking artist”, Dube’s visual language translated into a curatorial role promises to create a varied, publically engaging Biennale, sensitive to cultural considerations.
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