Pepper House Residency programme is an international residency opportunity for artists from all disciplines to work and collaborate within a studio space situated at Pepper House, Fort Kochi. The space of the Pepper House Residency consists of extensive studio facilities (for production), the Laboratory of Visual Arts library (for research), and the Pepper House cafe (for dialogue). The residency is structured on the idea of a three-dimensional approach to creativity in which the idea of artistic practice is supported by its two necessary extensions – public interaction and inquiry. Pepper House Residency and Exhibition are supported by HCL Foundation. The Pepper House Residency Exhibition is currently on view at Heritage Arts, Mattancherry until March 29, 2018. See the map of venues here.

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For artists

  • To contribute a space of expression and dialogue for artists
  • To provide an opportunity to upcoming and established artists to find new possibilities in various media
  • To seek and open channels of communication between the artist and public

For the community

  • To create awareness about art and art education
  • To help art enthusiasts explore and interact with contemporary art
  • To serve as a space for the exploration and evolution of the idea and themes of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale



Anton Kats is an artist and musician from Kherson, South-Ukraine. Born into the family of a WWII wireless radio operator, Kats’ practice derives from informal everyday relationships within vibrant neighbourhoods of his hometown. His works often unfold in public space in the form of sculptures and interventions, musical compositions and concerts, learning sites and public programs and include elements of video, sound, research and dance. Drawing on the overarching methodology of radio Kats explores different forms of knowledge transmission as a question of agency and intentionality through the concepts of the radio narrowcast and concrete listening.

Kats has been awarded a practice-based doctorate degree from Goldsmiths University of London. His works have been exhibited and performed in venues including the Serpentine Galleries, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, 10th Berlin Biennale, Victoria and Albert Museum, the Showroom Gallery and at the documenta14 in Athens and Kassel.

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Lisa Premke’s practice involves taking apart discarded systems and using their elements for a material translation, materialising in acoustic objects and site-specific installations. Whether the systems are abandoned industries, failed political systems, or the deconstruction of language – Premke experiments with the perception of absence and intimacy with immaterial commonalities. It is a reenactment of familiar and at the same time completely unknown situations. Through friction, resistance and reverberation, the material finds a voice that narrates itself.

Premke first studied Architecture and then Fine art at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, before completing her Master of Sound for the Moving Image at the Glasgow School of Art. She has been granted numerous scholarships, such as the K.A.I.R, Slovakia (Goethe Institute). Her work has been shown in national and international exhibitions, such as the Studio1 Kunstquartier Bethanien, Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam and the Košice White Night. Lisa lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

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Nilanjana Nandy is a visual artist, and her practice is essentially drawing based. She is interested in exploring mark- making as a visual and cognitive process. For her art is the means and not the end. Through her drawings, she creates points of deliberation around the personal and the political.

She has an MA (Painting) from Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU, Baroda. She has been part of Equilibrium, artist in residence program at SandarbhBlack box Project, Khoj Studios. She has received scholarships from Pont-Aven School of Art, France; Junior Fellowship & National Scholarship, Lalit Kala Akademi. Her work was presented in exhibitions like Sarai Reader 09, Bartered Collections and Land Natural Gendered. Her project IN-BETWEEN was selected and exhibited as part of Exhibition Proposal Contest 2017 at Korean Cultural Center, Delhi. She actively collaborates with FICA for their Art for Children Program.

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