Ryas Komu & Bose Krishnamachari

Artist-founders of India's Kochi-Murziris Biennale

After a rocky start, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale has bedded in, no doubt to the relief of its artist founders, Bose Krishnamachari (who this year also found time to curate the inaugural Yinchuan Biennale, which opened this September minus the work of one Ai Weiwei) and Riyas Komu. For the second edition, in 2014, the pair (based in Mumbai but born in Kerala, where the biennale is held) handed the curatorial reins to another artist, Jitish Kallat, whose adept thematic considerations of time, mapping and lost histories, not to mention smart crowdfunding, left optimism in the show’s wake concerning the autonomy of the Indian artworld. For its successor, which opens in December, Krishnamachari and Komu have tapped, yes, another artist, Sudarshan Shetty.