Riyas Komu is a multi-media artist and curator working towards developing and strengthening the art ecosystem, art infrastructure and art...
The People's Biennale: The socio-cultural-political aspirations of Kochi-Muziris Biennale
Why is it important to celebrate the diversity of arts in a country like India? How do people come together to make such a festival happen? How does one harness the energies of different cultural spaces in a city to create a unified arts experience? What is the role of the public? What does the spirit of free expression and shared experiences do to us?
We are delighted to invite Riyas Komu - artist, curator and Director of Programmes for Kochi-Muziris Biennale - to Mumbai Local. In 2012, Riyas Komu, along with Bose Krishnamachari, led the inaugural edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale - a festival that instantly caught the imagination of India, artists and audiences alike. Today, this Biennale has become a draw for locals and a part of the travel calendar for more and more people across the country and across all walks of life.
"Making provokes thinking." This is also one of the critical insights driving the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, which actively encourages art production. In this Mumbai Local, Riyas will highlight the spirit of inquiry that has helped the Biennale move away from parodically simplified images, to create civic, cultural, and critical spaces for thinking, looking, and learning. Look forward to an evening of rich stories and images, an informed reflection on the contemporary, and a gripping insight into how the Biennale creates shared experiences to question, resist and provoke.
Join us for a journey with an artist who keenly understands the connection between the arts and the society we live in. We look forward to seeing you on 14 May, 5 pm at Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla (E).
@ MCubed Library, Bandra (W) - 1st Sat, 5 pm
@ Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla (E) - 2nd Sun, 5 pm
@ Kitab Khana, Fort - 3rd Fri, 5:30 pm
Riyas Komu is a multi-media artist and curator working towards developing and strengthening the art ecosystem, art infrastructure and art education in India. He co-founded and co-curated Kochi-Muziris Biennale in 2012 featuring 89 artists from 23 countries. He has since been its Director of Programmes. He curated the inaugural edition of Young Subcontinent, featuring artists from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Nepal, at the Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa in 2016.
His works have been exhibited extensively in India and abroad. His works derive energy from social movements and are part of the larger narrative of the making and unmaking of artistic influences in society and draws from the cultural history of Kerala and India.
In 2007 he was one of two artists from India to be selected by curator Robert Storr for the 52nd Venice Biennale, He was also part of the Iran pavilion at Venice Biennale 2015. His works have been exhibited in the Jogja Biennale, Indonesia, Yinchuan Biennale, GEM Museum for Contemporary Art (The Hague, The Netherlands, 2009), The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art (Oslo, Norway, 2009), The Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art (Shanghai, China, 2009) and the Gwangju Emerging Asian Artists Exhibition (Gwangju, Korea, 2010). He worked with the national football teams of India and Iraq and his works were shown at the Tel Aviv Museum of art in 2010, and at the Paris-Delhi-Bombay exhibition in 2012 at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. In 2012 he co-curated football film festivals at the International Film Festival of India, Goa and at the International Film Festival of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram.