The Kochi-Muziris Biennale is a contemporary art exhibition which takes place at multiple venues in the city of Kochi, Kerala. KMB is a project geared towards, education about artistic expression and its relationship with society.
The first edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale showcased the works of 89 artists from 23 countries. The three-month exhibition took place across 14 venues in Fort Kochi and Ernakulam. It included talks, presentations, performances, conversations and panel discussions featuring artists, academics, curators and critics.
The second edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale titled, Whorled Explorations, was curated by Jitish Kallat and opened on December 12, 2014. It featured 94 artists from 30 countries and was open to public for 108 days.
The third edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale is titled, Forming in the pupil of an eye, with renowned artist Sudarshan Shetty as Curator. It will begin on December 12, 2016 and will run up to March 29, 2017 and has 95 artists across disciplines and borders. Presenting artists at KMB 2016, Kalakshetra Manipur (group), come from the Northeast.
Know about Kalakshetra Manipur Group
Kalakshetra Manipur is a Manipur-based research theatre group that experiments with ancestral tradition to create contemporary cultural expressions. It was established on July 19, 1969, by Heisnam Kanhailal with the main objective, ‘to study, revive and project the culture of Manipur through the art of theatre and to set highest standards of performance to match not only the best in India but the world theatre scene.’
Kalakshetra believes in the notion of the collective ‘workshop’ as a vital space for research rather than a conventional production company structure. The artists and practitioners of the group endeavour to learn afresh their native lore travelling throughout Manipur to strengthen their creative and cultural knowledge. This research manifests itself in performances that evoke ‘works-in-progress’ rather than resolved or ‘finished’ productions.
Over the last 40 years, Kalakshetra has produced over 20 plays including Tamnalai (The Haunting Spirit , 1972); Kabuui-Keioiba (Half Man Half Tiger, 1973); Pebeti (1975); Laigi Machasinga (With the Children of God, 1978); Memoirs of Africa (1986); Migi Sharang (The Human Cage, 1991); Karna (1997); Draupadi (2000); Dakghar of Tagore (2006); and Uchek Langmeidong (Langmeidong, the Bird, 2008).