KASHI ART GALLERY

Kashi Art Gallery is an old Dutch house converted by Anoop Scaria and Dorrie Younger, it opened in 1977 with an exhibition by Mr.C V Ramesh. Over the last 12 years Kashi Art Gallery and Café became the hub of Kochi’s contemporary art scene and the most popular hangout in the area for young locals and tourists. The gallery has held some of the most important contemporary art exhibitions in Kochi, showcasing the work of artists such as NN Rimzon, Sosa Joseph, Zakkir Hussein, Valsan Koorma Kolleri and Anant Joshi. In 2012 Edgar Pinto took ownership and worked with restoration architect Karl Damschen and designer Marc Delrome, to renovate the property whilst keeping heritage status intact, including the menu. The café contains a permanent collection of artworks by the likes of Christina Mamakos, K S Radhakrishnan and Pradeep Naik. Kashi Art Café is located on Burgher Street, Fort Kochi and has been loaned to Kochi-Muziris Biennale by Edgar...

MOIDU’S HERITAGE PLAZA

The property was formerly Allepey Company, a coir (coconut fibre) trading company. The coir industry is centered in Alappuzha (formerly called Allepey) 40 miles south of Kochi and is the largest cottage industry in the State of Kerala, giving employment to over a million people. Coir from Kerala supplies over 60% of the global market for white coir fibre. Coir was delivered to the building from inland by small wooden boats via the Calvathy Canal where it was woven, stored and packed for international shipping from Cochin Port. The venue has been loaned to Kochi-Muziris Biennale by Shri PM Siddique and is being developed as an events hall and...

Pepper House

Pepper House is a waterfront heritage property located on the 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 one 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 is currently undergoing renovations and will eventually house a courtyard cafe, gallery, studios for artist residencies and event spaces. In the long-term Pepper House is intended as an evolving project to create a multi-purpose space that will host and promote visual arts year round in Kochi....

Parade Ground

Parade Ground is a four acre open space in the heart of Fort Kochi, bordered by Cochin Club, David Hall, VOC Gate and St Francis Church where Vasco de Gama was originally buried in 1524. Historically, Parade Ground was used by the Portuguese to store their armaments, and by the Dutch and the British to conduct military drills and parades. Today Parade Ground is considered as a public square, where ceremonial parades are conducted and locals gather to play football, cricket and other sports. During the Biennale, Parade Ground and other public spaces in Fort Kochi and Ernakulum can potentially host outdoor installations and a variety of cultural...

Durbar Hall

The Durbar Hall and its grounds are in the heart of the city, near Kochi’s main railway station Ernakulam South. Built in the 1850s by the Maharaja of Cochin to host his Royal court, the Durbar Hall has had many incarnations over its 150 year history. Recent extensive renovation works by the Kochi Biennale Foundation have transformed the present Durbar Hall gallery into an international museum quality exhibition venue. Under the guidance of award winning conservation architect Vikas Dilawari, the venue is now equipped with Erco LED museum lighting, climate control and disability access-the available exhibition space has also increased substantially. Durbar Hall will be a primary venue for the...