NEWS & UPDATES
The recipients of the Tata Trusts National Award for works exhibited at the 2018 Students’ Biennale have completed their residencies in Kochi. Eleven students from the Institute of Fine Arts, University of Kashmir were awarded for the work created for the third...
The proceeds of the Art Rises for Kerala auction, organised by the Kochi Biennale Foundation were handed over to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday, July 10 in Thiruvananthapuram. The auction, realised in collaboration with Saffronart, raised Rs 3 crore for...
Shubigi Rao is the curator of the fifth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. Shubigi is an artist and writer known for her complex and layered installations. Her works has been showed in exhibitions across the world, including at the 2018 Kochi-Muziris Biennale. The...
At a meeting on 5 March 2019, in Fort Kochi, Kerala, India at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018 the Exchange and Flow workshop participants discussed a first draft of the ‘Kochi Declaration for Audiences’ set out below. The Exchange & Flow Writing Workshop came...
The curtains drew on the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018 with the ceremonial valedictory function on Thursday, 28th March 2019 at Durbar Hall Grounds, Ernakulam. Renowned filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan officiated as the chief guest. The winners of the Tata Trusts...
The board of trustees of the Kochi Biennale Foundation issues the following statement. Following anonymous allegations in the media, Riyas Komu had stepped down from all management positions at the Kochi Biennale Foundation on Oct 19, 2018. In the trustee meeting...
ARTISTS & INFRA-PROJECTS
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Akram Zaatari (b. 1966 in Sidon, Lebanon) is a filmmaker, photographer, archival artist and curator. He has played a critical role in developing the intellectual, and institutional infrastructure of Beirut’s contemporary art scene. As a co-founder of the Arab Image Foundation, a groundbreaking, artist-driven organization devoted to the research and study of photography in the Arab world, he has made invaluable contributions to the wider discourse on archival practice. As one of the young artists who emerged from the short-lived era of experimentation in Lebanon’s television industry, Akram Zaatari has produced more than fifty films, videos, a dozen books, and countless installations of photographic material. All these works share an interest in histories related to excavation, political resistance, civil war and the play of letters that have been lost, found, buried, discovered, or otherwise delayed in reaching their destinations. He lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon. Akram Zaatari has been exploring issues pertinent to post-war Lebanon. He investigates the way television mediates territorial conflicts and wars, and is particularly interested in logic of religious and national resistance movements, and the circulation and production of images in the context of today’s geographic division in the Middle East. Akram Zaatari had been selected to represent Lebanon at the 2013 Venice Biennale by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, curators for the Lebanese Pavilion. His work has been widely exhibited worldwide in Biennales and venues such as the Centre Pompidou.
ANJALI MONTEIRO + KP JAYASANKAR
Anjali Monteiro and K.P. Jayasankar are Professors at the School of Media and Cultural Studies (www. smcs.tiss.edu), Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. They are involved in media production, teaching and research. They have played a key role in setting up the School of Media and Cultural Studies, TISS and the MA programme in Media and Cultural Studies. Their documentary films, which have been screened across the world, have won 32 national and international awards Their most recent awards are the Best film award at the International Folk Film Festival, Kathmandu and the Basil Wright Prize for So Heddan So Hoddan (Like Here Like There) at the 13th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film 2013. Retrospectives of their work include Vibgyor Film Festival, Kerala, 2006; Bangalore Film Society, 2010; Madurai International Film Festival, 2012, Parramasala Sydney, 2013, Thrissur International Film Festival 2018 and India International Centre 2018. An adaptation of their film Saacha (The Loom) was a part of the art exhibition ‘Project Space: Word. Sound. Power.’ at the Tate Modern, London, in 2013; and at Khoj, New Delhi in 2014. They have served as jury and as festival consultants and directors to several film festivals in India. They have mentored many student and fellowship documentary film projects as commissioning editors. They have a recent book entitled A Fly in the Curry, on independent Indian documentary, (Sage, 2016) which won a Special Mention in the National Film Awards, 2016. They are recipients of several fellowships, including the Howard Thomas Memorial Fellowship in Media Studies, the Fulbright visiting lecturer fellowship, and the Erasmus Mundus scholarship, among others. They have been visiting faculty at several leading media and design institutions and lectured at universities in the USA, Australia, Europe, and in Asian countries. They are active in campaigns for freedom of expression.
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