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Students’ Biennale in Kochi to feature 200 artists, encompass SAARC countries

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Further energising art education and curricula, the Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF) will enable 200 student-artists participate alongside the fourth edition of the subcontinent’s biggest contemporary art festival beginning December 12.

Under the Students’ Biennale 2018, nearly 80 private and public art schools from India and South Asia will be involved in more than 100 projects in individual or group-based formats. The third edition of the Students’ Biennale is being organised after shortlisting from 1,500 applications that came in response to an open call the foundation had made on July 2 seeking project proposals.

In an attempt to reach out to a larger pool of emerging artists, the Students’ Biennale, for the first time, will showcase works by students from SAARC countries. As many as 27 participants from Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will put up 10 projects in total.

Launched in 2014, the Students’ Biennale is an educational initiative that provides a platform for BFA and MFA students to produce, exhibit and reflect on their works on an international platform. The KMB, which is India’s largest contemporary art event, will have its fourth edition concluding on March 29 next year.

The 2018 edition of the Students’ Biennale will have a multi-pronged approach: it will feature an art exhibition, an expanded education forum and field-based research related to art education, according to organisers.

“This year, the Students’ Biennale will have two components. One is an exhibition, by six curators, who have mentored the projects of young artists, built their show and helped them develop the project. At the same time, we have art educators, who work with art schools, where students can engage with things that are not regularly part of the curriculum,” reveals Bose Krishnamachari, president, KBF.

Under the Exhibition Platform, the young artists will be mentored by six established curators. They are Sanchayan Ghosh (Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan), Shukla Sawant (JNU, Delhi), independent curator Shruti Ramalingaiah and artists Krishnapriya C P, K P Reji and M P Nishad.

The projects and artworks, created by the young artists, will be displayed at multiple venues in Mattancherry of West Kochi. These include warehouses, temple properties and trading houses.

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