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Fort Kochi comes alive as Kochi-Muziris Biennale opens to a Rousing Start

People from different parts of the world have started arriving at Fort Kochi as the fifth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale was inaugurated by the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. More than 200 projects are put up across heritage properties, warehouses, galleries and public spaces across Fort Kochi, Mattancherry and Ernakulam.

Themed ‘In Our Veins Flow Ink and Fire’, the exhibition is curated by Singaporean artist Ms Shubigi Rao and will run until April 10, 2022, featuring around 90 artists from about 40 countries.  

The biennale gives strength to the resistance against the moves to impose regressive monolithism. “These art fests show us how diverse our world is,” the CM said. Kochi Biennale Foundation President Mr Bose Krishnamachari said over the years the event has evolved into a ‘people’s biennale’. The curator, Ms Shubigi Rao, said returning after a gap of 4 years, the 5th edition of the biennale examines how we survive, through song, materiality, joy, humour, and through language, whether written, verbal or oral.

The biennale got a rousing start as over 1,400 visitors turned up at Aspinwall House on the first day when the main venues were opened to the public. The direct ticket sales from December 23 to 27 crossed 10,000, while the remaining tickets were sold online.

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