FICA Patrons visit the Kochi Muziris Biennale 2016

It was an action packed three days at Kochi (December 12 – 14, 2016) for a group of 20 FICA Patrons, and the FICA team who came together to witness the opening of the beautifully choreographed edition of Kochi Muziris Biennale 2016 curated by Sudarshan Shetty titled Forming in the pupil of the eye and to also see the amazing collateral exhibitions that opened simultaneously. We were also joined by FICA advisory board members Shilpa Gupta and Tarana Sahwney.

It was an especially proud moment for the FICA team to take the group on a walkthrough of the Students’ Biennale, an educational initiative on which FICA has partnered with the Kochi Biennale Foundation. And to share with them this ambitious exhibition platform, spread across seven venues in Mattanchery, which brings together works of art students from 55 art schools across the country.  

The opening days were about getting one on one time with many of the participating artists who spoke to us about their works! Thank you to ‘AES+F’ (Russian artist collective), István Csákány, Praneet Soi, Gauri Gill, Dia Mehta Bhupal, Chittrovanu Mazumdar and GR Iranna for your time! Riyas Komu, co-founder of KMB and Director of Programmes gave us a much needed overview on the curatorial vision of the Biennale, which was very insightful.  

We thank India Art Fair and Christie’s for the breakfast and lunch parties! We also hosted a dinner on opening night for the group and other artists and guests at the Biennale which included Kochi Biennale patron Asha Jadeja Motwani, Christie’s Chairman Stephen Lash, architect Rajiv Saini, veteran art collector Kiran Nadar, Editor of Architectural Digest Greg Foster and Christie’s International Director Amin Jaffer among others. Apart from the time spent racing through the main Biennale and Students’ Biennale venues, we had a great time visiting the impressive collateral exhibitions - Pooja Singhal’s exquisite and exhaustive exhibition of Pichvais, Gunjan Gupta’s funky experiments with the Kursi, KNMA’s impressive exhibition Pond near the field, curated by Roobina Karode, showcasing the works of five important Kerala artists, and Vivan Sundaram’s Terraoptics which takes forward his site specific installation made out of discarded Pattanam potsherds shown in the first edition of KMB 2012.  

FICA Patrons Programme was initiated in 2016 and we have a wonderful group of 25 patrons who support FICA’s activities and share our enthusiasm for a homegrown contemporary arts scene. We thank our Patrons for their support and look forward to continuing this annual platform.