The Kochi Biennale Foundation, in collaboration with the Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) and the Foundation for Indian Art and Education (FIAE) has developed the Students’ Biennale – an exhibitory platform which runs parallel to the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. A part of the Foundation’s educational initiatives, the Students’ Biennale reaches out to state-funded art colleges across the country, to encourage young artists to reflect on their practice and exhibit on an international stage. The initiative is thus invested in using the potential of a global biennale platform to energise art schools and art production.


Students’ Biennale 2018 / Making as Thinking

The third edition of the Students’ Biennale invites project proposals from young artists and collectives currently pursuing their BFA (third/fourth/final year) or MFA (first/second year) in any Indian college between the 15th of June, 2018 and 31st July, 2018. Selected projects will receive support in the form of a production grant and an opportunity to travel to Kochi for the 2018 editions of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale and the Students’ Biennale.

Applicants are encouraged to respond to the ideas of how a studio can be situated in the framework of the institution, and how the notion of making can become a process of responding to your context and reflecting beyond.

To apply, submit a completed application form with your details, a recent portfolio (10 MB), project proposal (500 words) and a visual plan for your project (optional). Project proposals may include, but not be limited to, a brief note on your area of interest or concern, details about medium and material, and/or plan of execution.

Deadline: 31 July, 2018
Contact: [email protected] / +91 484 2215287

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The third edition of the Students’ Biennale will involve a multilateral approach, featuring an exhibition, an expanded education forum, and field-based research on the condition of art education as it stands.

The Exhibition will involve participation from schools across India and other SAARC countries, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar. The Foundation will support the complete production of all artworks by the Indian students that participate in this edition. The curatorial team consists of individuals who have had long engagements with their own art practices and have been closely associated with prominent institutions across the country. Curators will reach out to selected candidates for further discussions, mentor them and help them develop these projects with guidance from the advisory board at Kochi. Riyas Komu will select the participating students from the SAARC countries outside India.

Expanded Education Forum

Kochi Biennale Foundation, with the support of its partners, seeks to facilitate the creation of an alternative, practice-based arts curriculum as interventions to the existing methods of art education.  These will be implemented in selected art institutions by five educators: Kausik Mukhopadhyay, Mriganka Madhukallya, Santhosh S, Sarada Natarajan, and BV Suresh, who will work to design in-depth educational interventions.



Sanchayan Ghosh

Sanchayan Ghosh received his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1997 from Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati University, and currently works as an Associate Professor, Department of Painting, Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan.

Ghosh has worked extensively with site-specific art and contemporary theatre, exhibiting widely over the last 15 years. His practise also includes community-based workshops and performances. His participatory performance Circle Walk was part of a programme in Documenta 14 (2017). He has also shown in the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2012), Frieze Art Fair, London (2010), and Nature Morte, Delhi (2014), to name a few.



Shruti Ramalingaiah is an independent Curator based in Mumbai. She studied Museology from MS University, Baroda; holds a Master’s degree in Art History and Visual Studies, SN School of Art and Communication. Shruti’s curatorial interest lies at culture in social context, material culture and space.
In recent curated four-artists exhibition Hinge at Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai. She was curator for the second edition of Students’ Biennale (2016-2017) an initiative of Kochi-Muziris Biennale. She has written for group exhibitions – Again and yet Again, and Lay in midst of Local, Gallery OED (2016-2017) and contributed an essay to ARTIndia magazine. She was Deputy Curator exhibitions at National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai, 2014- 2016.

Krishanapriya CP

Krishnapriya C P is a practicing visual artist based in Chennai. She completed her Masters from the Govt. College of Fine Arts, Chennai. Her work is multidisciplinary in nature; she uses paintings, drawings, collage, found objects and sculptural installations to engage with her concerns. The works primarily deal with the self and its relationship with its environment. History and local political discourses are also woven into the narratives she engages with.

She is interested in understanding the process of art pedagogy. Her other interests are contemporary art practices, theatre, postcolonial and environmental studies. She has been part of numerous art exhibitions and art camps. She is also part of art collectives and groups based in Chennai. She was awarded Tata Trusts Students’ Biennale International Award for Curation, 2016-17. She was a resident artist at University of Pennsylvania, 2017, sponsored by the South Asia Centre, UPenn.


Shukla Sawant

Shukla Sawant is a visual artist and Professor of Visual Studies, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi where she has taught since 2001. She is also currently visiting faculty at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai.  Prior to joining JNU, Shukla Sawant taught for twelve years at the Department of Fine Arts and Art Education Jamia Millia Islamia New Delhi. After graduating in painting from the College of Art, New Delhi she specialized in printmaking at the École Nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and later went to the Slade School of Art and Center for Theoretical Studies, London on a Commonwealth grant.  Her research interests include Modern and Contemporary Art, Art in Colonial India, Photography, Printmaking and New Media.

Shukla has ten solo shows to her credit and has published various catalogue essays and contributed chapters in books on Contemporary Indian Art. She is a founder member of the Indian Printmakers’ Guild and was a working group member of KHOJ International Artists’ Association between 1998-2005.


KP Reji

K P Reji was born in 1972, Kerala. Reji received his Masters in Fine Arts – Painting from MSU, Baroda in 2000. He continues to work in the medium, and has exhibited widely including a solo show at Nature Morte, Delhi in 2009, and Art Basel Hong Kong in 2013. He also exhibited in the first Kochi-Muziris Biennale in 2012.


Nishad MP

M P Nishad is an artist who lives and works in Kerala. He received his MFA in sculpture from MSU, Baroda in 2003. He works largely with painting and paper.

In 2010, he won the Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi Award. His last solo show Reckoning Resonances, was at NCPA, Mumbai, in 2007. A year before, he exhibited at Gallery SKE in Bangalore.