Riyas Komu to take you through the journey of Kochi-Muziris Biennale

May 14, 2017, 14:06 IST | Nasrin Modak-Siddiqi

The Pyramid of Exiled Poets by Ales Steger
The Pyramid of Exiled Poets by Ales Steger

After six years and three editions, the idea behind Kochi-Muziris Biennale is still close to the heart of its founders. "We wanted to create an alternate arts and culture platform for people. Of course, just saying that wasn't enough. So, we created a new kind of experience that also looks into the social, cultural, political and local contexts that it seeks to address," says its director of programmes, Riyas Komu, who is also an artist and sculptor.

At a new Mumbai Local event, Komu will give a more detailed insight on the socio-cultural-political aspirations of Kochi-Muziris and its journey.

Over time, the biennale has become a draw for locals and is a part of the travel calendar for many.

Riyas Komu
Riyas Komu

When asked about what Komu feels about mediocre works that pass off as art, he said, "That's precisely what makes art interesting, especially contemporary art. You can never argue that it is not art."

With newer biennales being added so often, are we facing a problem of plenty? "I don't think it's a problem at all," he said. "Each biennale is different in curatorial ambition and physical scale. Making biennales exclusive wouldn't be a good idea. Though, that doesn't mean that everything that gets slapped with the name 'biennale' has to be good. But, it's worth noting that people are making an effort to take art to the public. That's a good sign," says Komu.

WHERE: Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Marg, Byculla (East)
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