Kochi Biennale Foundation invites applications for an online discursive workshop around cultural production in the global South. The workshop will be led by Dilip Menon and will also have Arjun Appadurai, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, and Saloni Mathur as faculty.
The workshop is part of the educational programmes of the Kochi Biennale Foundation. The workshops offer meeting grounds for young artists and scholars to work with artists and thinkers from around the world. Previous faculty at the workshop programme include Sarnath Banerjee, TV Santhosh, Orijit Sen, Sundar Sarukkai and others.


The world of art production and aesthetics is global and informed by circulation and flows of ideas, iconography, and artists themselves. The various biennales are informed by these as much as by the art market regulated by international capital that generates hierarchies and value. What does it mean, in these circumstances, to think about producing art in the global south? Is there an art practice that is possible that stands beside dominant paradigms of both nationalism as much as globalization? Is such an art practice necessary?


The workshop will explore these questions in discussion with the faculty on the basis of previous and ongoing work developed by them.



The workshop will be conducted using online video conferencing tools. Meetings with faculty will be held on four days – Feb 13, Feb 20, Mar 6, and Mar 13, with two sessions a day. Participants will be provided with readings and are expected to complete them ahead of the meetings. A writing component evaluated by faculty will conclude the workshop programme.


Arjun Appadurai is the Goddard Professor in Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, New York. His books include Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger, and Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization, and most recently The Future as a Cultural Fact: Essays on the Global Condition.
Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung is the founding director of SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin. Besides his work in Berlin, he has also served as curator at large for Documenta 14, and artistic director for Bamako Encounters in 2019 and the Finland Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale.
Dilip Menon is the Mellon Chair in Indian Studies at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. His books include Caste, Nationalism and Communism in South India: Malabar 1900-1948, The Blindness of Insight: Essays on Caste in Modern India, and the English translation of Potheri Kunhambu’s Saraswativijayam.
Saloni Mathur is Professor, Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art at UCLA, Los Angeles. Her publications include India By Design: Colonial History and Cultural Display, The Migrant’s Time: Rethinking Art History and Diaspora, and recently A Fragile Inheritance: Radical Stakes in Contemporary Indian Art.



The workshop is open to all persons interested in the subject-matter and willing to complete the required readings and engage in the meetings. Applicants may please send in a brief essay of 500 words on the topic, “Is it necessary to have a politics of location in producing and curating artwork?

To apply, please send the following: 1) your application essay, and 2) your resume  by Jan 29, 2021 to [email protected] with the subject-line ‘Global South Workshop’. Please note that no fee is charged for the workshop.

This workshop is organised by the Kochi Biennale Foundation and supported by the HCL Foundation and Kiran Nadar Museum of Art.


Dates of the workshop: Feb 13, Feb 20, Mar 6, and Mar 13, 2021

Last date for application: Jan 29, 2021