It is going to be an eventful Kochi Muziris Biennale this year, with the Foundation giving design a humanitarian approach. After the August deluge, the Biennale has come up with constructive ways to contribute to relief and aid efforts. For one, the pavilion will be used post the event to build at least a dozen homes of 600sq-ft each. It is currently being constructed at Cabral Yard, Fort Kochi, in time for the Biennale which starts on December 12, revealed Bose Krishnamachari, founder-president of the Kochi Biennale Foundation. He also spoke about the major art auction the Foundation is organising, where select paintings, sculptures and installations of more than 40 artists living in the country and abroad will go under the hammer on January 18, 2019, as part of the Foundation’s ARK (Art Rises for Kerala) initiative in partnership with SaffronArt. This year’s Biennale curator Anita Dube said that participating artists were given the chance to alter their work in response to the tragedy. The 2018 edition, the curator said, has been conceived as featuring two segments: one is the exhibition, and the other the Pavilion – a discursive, performative, architectural space where everybody potentially can be a curator. The decision to go ahead with the Biennale despite the August calamity prevailed over the KBF, especially in consideration of public sentiment. V Sunil, secretary of the Kochi Biennale Foundation, remarked. “People, especially from Fort Kochi and Mattancherry, were keen that the Biennale went as per schedule. We felt it was a chance to help bring back hope, energy and positivity to the state. The Foundation also had the full support of our patrons.”

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