Kochi Biennale Foundation is pleased to present programming based on Shilpa Gupta’s installation at the 2018 Biennale. Titled For, In Your Tongue, I Cannot Fit, the multi-channel sound installation gives voice to 100 poets from around the world who have been imprisoned for their poetry and their beliefs.


February 2

WORDS vs SWORDS: The anagram of antagonism
Let’s Talk with Salil Tripathi
Time: 6-7 pm
Location: Biennale Pavilion, Cabral Yard, Fort Kochi

Vigilantes have swords, poets have words. Governments have power, poets have images. Silencing poets has been a preoccupation for those with power – elected, unelected, self-appointed, offended – for millennia. They seek to stop poets from expressing their imagination. Poets respond with verse and silence. But the sounds of those silenced reverberate. In this talk, Salil Tripathi reflects on Shilpa Gupta’s work at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale and the poets whose works have inspired her: poets who have been imprisoned or killed, when they have spoken of ideas – of love, of justice, of fairness, of humanity – because those with powers don’t like those poets from stopping the world from going to sleep.


Salil Tripathi is a writer based in London who was born in Bombay. He chairs PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee. His books include Offence: The Hindu Case, The Colonel Who Would Not Repent, and Detours: Songs of the Open Road. He is also contributing editor at Mint and The Caravan.

The Power of Words Whispered
Workshop for Young Children
Conducted by artist Shilpa Gupta and art historian Tina Marie Monelyon
Time: 10.30 am – 11.45 am
Participants: 20, 7th or 8th standard
Location:  Aspinwall House, Admin Block First Floor, at Shilpa Gupta’s Installation space

Listen to the poets whispering and then come and join us in turning a poet’s words into our own artworks and making a Poetry Wall together


February 3
For, In Your Tongue, I Cannot Fit
Workshop for Young Adults
Conducted by poet, translator and educator Gopika Jadeja
Time: 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
Participants: 20, anyone from 15-20 years
Location: Aspinwall House, Admin Block First Floor, at Shilpa Gupta’s Installation space

Listen to the poets jailed for their words and thoughts. Get inspired by and learn something about the poets included in the sound installation For, In Your Tongue, I cannot Fit shown at Aspinwall House. Learn more about ideas of speech. Share your thoughts, learn what others think. We will explore questions like: What did the poets write about? How did they write? If you could address them, what would you tell them?

The public lecture and the workshops are made possible with support from the Ishara Art Foundation. Ishara Art Foundation is an independent non-profit arts space focused on art from South Asia, launching in Alserkal Avenue (Dubai, UAE) in March 2019.