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Pune biennale to be held from January 5 TO 29

Dates for the third edition of the art event — January 5 to 29, 2017 — were announced on Friday.

mumbai Updated: Oct 22, 2016 01:01 IST
Pankti Mehta Kadakia

Walk into an old printing press in Pune to find the machines churning out not the usual bus tickets but mini graphic novels instead.

Watch as a deserted underpass is brought back to life as an art gallery.

Or stroll into a school, garden or temple taken over by artists from around the world, all as part of the upcoming Pune Biennale.

Dates for the third edition of the art event — January 5 to 29, 2017 — were announced on Friday.

Artists from across India and from the UK, France, Italy, Argentina and Germany will be among those displaying installations in public spaces — including Shilpa Gupta and Amol Patil from India, Luigi Ontani and Massimo Bartolini from Italy, Tomás Saraceno from Germany and Cathy Wilkes from the UK.

Themed Habit-Co-Habit, the installations will examine the idea of co-existence as it relates to a city like Pune.

“This is a young city filled with students, grappling with migration and assimilation, a city where so many people live on rent. It’s also quickly making the transition from city to metropolis,” says co-curator Zasha Colah, also co-founder of the Clark House Initiative art gallery in Mumbai. “The exhibit will examine the economic and social connotations of migration and adaptation.”

Parallel public art projects will include one in which shipping containers will house artworks, “a comment on how art is always on the move — and how there are too few art galleries accessible to the public,” said Pune Biennale director Kiran Shinde.