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KMB 2018 OPENING

Flag hoisting of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018 by Anita Dube

ANITA DUBE

Since the Biennale opened, there has been an uproar of applause for Dube’s curatorial vision and execution.

OPENING DAY

The crowds at the opening day of KMB 2018

PANGROK SULAP

The Malaysian indigenous art and activist collective

PANGROK SULAP

Their work is on view at Anand Warehouse.

ASPINWALL HOUSE

Artist Sue Williamson against her work ‘Messages from the Atlantic Passage’ at Aspinwall House

PAVILION

Guerilla Girls performance at the Pavilion

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Showcase 03 Jan 2019

Rapid fire Questions with Anita Dube, curator of Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018

Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018 opened on 12 December, 2018. This year’s curator, Anita Dube, talks to us about what went behind the scenes and some of her favorite things related to the biennale in this rapid fire interview.

“If we desire a better life on this earth — our unique and beautiful planet — we must in all humility start to reject an existence in the service of capital. Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life asks and searches for questions in the hope of dialogue.” - Anita Dube’s Curatorial Note for Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018.

KMB 2018 OPENING

Flag hoisting of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018 by Anita Dube

Stringing together a huge amount of work by artists from different parts of the world under a common theme ‘Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life’ for one of the largest art events of the country surely cannot be an easy task. For Anita Dube, curator of Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018, this was not only a gargantuan task on its own, but as the first female curator of the Biennale, it was saddled with more responsibilities. And Dube took it very seriously. In an interview, she mentioned that this edition is the first ever, “perhaps even internationally, to feature more women and queer artists than men.”

ANITA DUBE

Since the Biennale opened, there has been an uproar of applause for Dube’s curatorial vision and execution.

It’s hardly surprising that Dube has been getting unanimous applause for her vision and execution ever since the Biennale opened on 12 December, 2019. Post the hectic opening week, CQ asked Dube some rapid fire questions about her curation:

CQ: One thing you loved the most about curating this edition?

Anita Dube: The conversations, in development, disagreement, challenge and celebration, that I had with my team and friends. This was the most important mode of conceptual work for the edition.

OPENING DAY

The crowds at the opening day of KMB 2018

Most challenging/stressful thing you had to deal with during the months of preparation?

The practical challenges of production and space management. Luckily, the Foundation team worked diligently to problem solve! This was of course taken to another level during the devastating August floods in Kerala.

Most unusual/unexpected artist whose work is being exhibited in this Biennale?

Pangrok Sulap, the Malaysian indigenous art and activist collective. Their work is on view at Anand Warehouse.

PANGROK SULAP

The Malaysian indigenous art and activist collective

PANGROK SULAP

Their work is on view at Anand Warehouse.

Most interesting exhibition venue of the Biennale and why?

They are all interesting, but Aspinwall House for all its diverse spaces and scale.

ASPINWALL HOUSE

Artist Sue Williamson against her work ‘Messages from the Atlantic Passage’ at Aspinwall House

One thing that binds the five infra-projects (new addition to the Biennale) that have been put together this year?

Alignment with the larger curatorial aim.

One reason you would give to the locals to visit KMB?

To experience something not unilaterally entertaining or pleasurable - to give yourself in to the challenge and affect.

Exhibit(s) you think will turn out to be the most ‘interactive’ for the locals?

The Pavilion - interactive for everyone, local or not!

PAVILION

Guerilla Girls performance at the Pavilion

Your favorite Kochi moment since the time you started working on the Biennale?

Seeing the Biennale finally open to the public, and the start of the discursive programmes at Cabral Yard.

Your favorite place to unwind in Kochi?

My home or Seagull.

Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018 is on view until 29 March 2019.