The third edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale will be curated by Mumbai-based artist Sudarshan Shetty, the Kochi Biennale Foundation announced on Wednesday.
Shetty, 54, will be the curator and artistic director of the event.
The next edition of the prestigious art show will most likely be held from December 2016 to March 2017.
Shetty will spend about four months putting together a preliminary plan for the three-month event. “I am ready to be immersed in it,” he said.
The internationally-acclaimed artist was selected after a month’s deliberation by a selection committee featuring artists Amar Kanwar, Atul Dodiya, Bharti Kher and Jyothi Basu, cultural theorist Ranjit Hoskote, art collector Kiran Nadar, gallerist Shireen Gandhy, and artists Riyas Komu and Bose Krishnamachari of the Kochi Biennale Foundation.
“I immediately agreed to do it,” said Sudarshan Shetty. “But a few days after I agreed, I had trepidations about being completely consumed by the project. Then I realised that this would be a great learning experience, and would bring richness to my practice as well.”
Sudarshan was picked because he fit the bill perfectly, said Krishnamachari, president of the Kochi Biennale Foundation.
“We all agreed that we needed an artist with good knowledge of art practice as well as theory and Sudarshan was one of the few artists who has comprehensive knowledge of theatre, art, architecture and has shown extensively at biennales around the world,” Krishnamachari said. “We have confidence that he will do a great job.”
The curators of both previous editions have also been Mumbai-based.
Krishnamachari curated the inaugural show, while the curator of the second edition, held in 2014, was Jitish Kallat. That 108-day event showed works by 92 artists from 42 countries around the world, and was visited by 5 lakh people.