Curator, Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016.
In appointing Sudarshan Shetty as curator, Kochi-Muziris Biennale continues its tradition of having artists at its helm, with Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu leading the inaugural edition in 2012 and Jitish Kallat curating the 2014 edition.
Sudarshan Shetty was born in Mangalore in 1961, with his family moving to Bombay within a few months of his birth. He has since been based in Bombay. His father, Adve Vasu Shetty, was a Yakshagana performer and Sudarshan says there was “a lot of music and singing in the house” when he was growing up. He studied painting at the Sir JJ School of Art, Bombay and graduated in 1985.
His art practice has evolved over three decades from being centred on painting to multi-media explorations that include sculpture, video, performance and installation. Experimenting with scale and motion, Sudarshan’s works frequently involve bringing together heterogeneous object-worlds, insinuating into the familiar an intimation of the strange and the new.
His works have been exhibited in solo and group shows in India and abroad, including at the Gwangju Biennale (2000), Tate Modern, London (2001), Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (2001), Centre Pompidou, Paris (2011), Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010), and Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2012).
Sudarshan was declared curator of the 2016 Kochi-Muzirs Biennale by the Minister for Culture, KC Joseph at an event in the State capital Thiruvananthapuram on July 15, 2015. He was unanimously chosen as curator by an Artistic Advisory Committee appointed by the Kochi Biennale Foundation for the third edition. The Committee comprised artists Amar Kanwar, Atul Dodiya, Bharti Kher and Jyothi Basu, art critic Ranjit Hoskote, patron Kiran Nadar, gallerist Shireen Gandhy along with KBF trustees Sunil V, Riyas Komu and Bose Krishnamachari.
The next Biennale will be Sudarshan’s first curatorial venture. Speaking about developing a curatorial project on this scale, Sudarshan says: “Following the first two editions, it would be tough to raise the bar further… KMB is a people’s biennale, and that makes it special.”
Solo Exhibitions: 2015 Mimic Momento, Galerie Daniel Templon, Brussels; who must write these lines, GALLERYSKE, Bangalore|2014 every broken moment, piece by piece, GALLERYSKE, New Delhi|2012 The pieces earth took away, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna|2011 Listen outside this house, GALLERYSKE, Bangalore; Between the tea cup and a sinking constellation, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris|2010 this too shall pass, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai; The more I die the lighter I get, Tilton Gallery, New York|2009 Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris; Six Drops, GALLERYSKE, Bangalore|2008 Leaving Home, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna; Saving Skin, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York|2006 Love, GALLERYSKE and Bodhi Art, Mumbai|2005 Eight corners of the world, GALLERYSKE, Bangalore; Shift, a collaborative architectural installation with Shantanu Poredi and Manisha Agarwal, Philips Contemporary, Mumbai; Party is elsewhere, Jamaat Art Gallery, Mumbai|2004 Statics, Chemould Gallery, Mumbai|2003 Consanguinity, Nature Morte, Bose Pacia Modern at the Habitat Visual Arts Centre, New Delhi|2001 For Here or To Go, Installation at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka|2000 Lone Boat River Song, Spike Island, Bristol|1996 Paintings, Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai|1995 Paper Moon, Pundole Art Gallery and Framji Cowasjee Hall, Mumbai and Ravindra Bhavan, New Delhi|1991 Holland Art Gallery, Rotterdam, a part of Spirit of India Celebration in The Netherlands, Galerie Drie, Amsterdam.
Group Exhibitions (till 2000): 2015 Constructs Constructions, curated by Roobina Karode, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi|2014 The Missing Pavilion, curated by Gayatri Sinha, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi|2013-2014 Art Walk: Water, curated by Gayatri Sinha, Europalia, Liege; Rebirth of Detail, Sunaparanta Goa Center for The Arts, Goa|2013 Delhi inaugural show, GALLERYSKE, New Delhi|2012 Kochi Muziris Biennale, curated by Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu, Kochi; Critical Mass, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Indian Highway, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing|2011 Homespun, curated by Girish Shahane, Devi Art Foundation, Delhi; The Matters Within: New Contemporary Art of India, curated by Betti-Sue Hertz, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Paris-Delhi-Bombay, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Sympathy for the Devil, curated by Walter Vanhaerents and Pierre-Olivier Rollin, Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels; Prague Biennale, Prague; Indian Highway, The Musee d’Art Contemporain, Lyon; India Inclusive, World Economic Forum, Davos; Against All Odds, curated by Arshiya Lokhandwala, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi|2010 Contemplating the Void, curated by Nancy Spector, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Indian Highway, Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark; Looking Glass – The existence of difference, curated by Gayatri Sinha, Religare, New Delhi|2009 Vancouver Biennale, Vancouver; India Contemporary, Gem Museum for Contemporary Art, The Hague; Spheres 2009, Goodman Gallery, Le Moulin; For Life: The Language of Communication, Tilton Gallery, New York; Indian Highway, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo|2008 Dark Materials, curated by David Thorpe, GSK Contemporary Royal Academy of Art, London; The Destruction Party, The Royal Monceau Hotel, Paris; Ten Light-Years, Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi; Affair, curated by Bose Krishnamachari, 1 x 1 Gallery, Dubai|2007 Unholy Truths, Initial Access, Frank Cohen Collection, Wolverhampton; India 20, curated by Anupa Mehta, at Rabindra Bhavan, Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi; Pink, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinreucke, Bombay|2006 with Love, curated by GALLERYSKE and Tilton Gallery, Miami Design District, Miami|2005 Bombay Boys, Palette Art Gallery New Delhi; Configurations, Anant Art Gallery New Delhi; Group Show curated by Soumitro Ghosh, GALLERYSKE, Bangalore; Endless Terrain, curated by Yashodhara Dalmia, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi|2004 Bombay X 17, Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi|2003 Zoom, Contemporary art from India at Culturgest, curated by Louis Serpa, Lisbon; Highlights, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai|2002 Call of the Todd, Seoul Art Centre, Seoul; Creative Space, Sakshi Gallery, Habitat Centre, New Delhi|2001 Century City, curated by Geeta Kapur, Tate Modern, London; Excerpts from the Bestsellers, Installation, David Sassoon Library, Mumbai; Installation at the Apparao Gallery, New Delhi|2000 Gwangju Biennale, South Korea; Making Circles, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai; Bollywood – passenger terminal, curated by Els Reijnders, Foundation for Indian Artists, Amsterdam.