Kochi Biennale Foundation(KBF)
Kochi Muziris Biennale Foundation(KBF) is a charitable trust which promotes art & culture and educational activities in India. It works all over the year to promote contemporary art and to expand its access to the public in India. They also engaged in preserving heritage properties and monuments. As an artist organization, they try to bring up traditional forms of art and culture. Kochi Biennale Foundation was founded in 2010 on the conviction that art is essential in society. The artists Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu are its founders.
Kochi Muziris Biennale
The hosting of the Kochi Muziris Biennale is the main commitment of the foundation. It is the largest exhibition in India which promotes contemporary arts. The exhibitors come from all over the world to convey messages through films, installation art, sculptures, paintings etc. The programmes include talks, conferences, performances, educational interventions, workshops, and so on.
KBF makes this Biennale possible with the help of Government of Kerala. Also, they have received donations from famous business enterprises like Lulu Group International. KBF/Kochi Muziris Biennale Fundraiser Auction has conducted a live and online auction with partners on October 31st, at Saffronart, Mumbai. This was an auction of fantastic works of 41 artists in order to raise fund for Kochi Biennale 2018. They could raise 2.75 Crores which will help sustain this art festival.
Kochi Muziris Biennale 2018 is curated by Anita Dube. She has traveled 31 countries to choose the most influential artists for the exhibition. This edition of Kochi Biennale will focus on exploring the “Possibilities for a Non-alienated Life”.
A student Biennale will also be conducted in those days. It will run parallel to the Muziris Biennale. KBF selects 15 young curators to lead the Student’s Biennale Project. It aims to create an alternate platform for final year Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) from across art colleges in India. It focuses on young curators and aspirants with an interest in art and art education.
Board of Trustees of Kochi Biennale Foundation
President: Bose Krishnamachari (artist/curator)
Secretary: Sunil V (Director, Motherland JV Pvt. Ltd)
Treasurer: Bonny Thomas (Writer/Cartoonist)
Trustee: Ruchira Ghose (Former Chairperson, Crafts Museum, Delhi)
Trustee: Lissie Jacob (Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Kerala)
Trustee: Jose Dominic (Managing Director, CGH Earth)
Trustee: Sanjna Kapoor (Theatre Personality, Co-founder of Junoon)
Trustee: N S Madhavan (Writer, IAS)
Trustee: Alex Kuruvilla (Managing Director, Conde Nast India)
Trustee: Tony Joseph (Architect)
After each edition of Kochi Muziris Biennale, the foundation consults a panel of prominent artists and art personalities for the appointment of the Biennale’s curator.
KBF stands for Kerala Flood Relief
Recently, Kerala witnessed the most devastating floods ever happened in the last century. It destroyed many homes and livelihoods, taking many lives. Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund is the only consolation for the flood-battered Kerala. Kochi Biennale Foundation handed over 10 crores to this relief fund immediately after the flood by auctioning works of famous artists. Along with that, they distributed basic goods and immediate care for the needy. They will also work to rebuild damaged infrastructure all over the state. They have initiated Art Rises for Kerala (ARK), an effort to bring together the regional and global art community to help those affected by the disaster.