Riyas Komu & Bose Krishnamachari

Artist-founders of India’s Kochi-Murziris Biennale

Artists Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu saw through the third edition (curated by artist Sudarshan Shetty) of their Kochi-Muziris Biennale, which ended in March and, despite some logistical hiccups, enjoyed a generally positive reception. They have since named artist Anita Dube as curator for the 2018 edition. Krishnamachari’s first solo exhibition in four years, Colour Code, took place in July at Gallery G, Bangalore, for ‘one polychromatic week’. Komu has been continuing to promote contemporary Indian art through URU Art Harbour, a cultural hub housed in an old warehouse in Kochi that he opened in November. He recently launched a two-month inaugural exhibition titled Mattancherry – named after the historic quarter in Kochi in which URU Art Harbour is based – bringing together 13 artists and research collectives to reclaim the site from the tourist gaze.