Indian contemporary artist Anita Dube has been named the curator for the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, scheduled to open in December 2018. The appointment upholds the Biennale’s long-standing tradition of being helmed by an artist––it was announced at the closing of the previous edition, curated by Sudarshan Shetty, on March 29 in Kochi.
An art historian and critic by training and a practicing visual and performance artist, Dube has been featured widely in exhibitions, including the first KMB in 2012. She was a member of the Indian Radical Painters and Sculptors Association, a short-lived but influential radical collection of artists and art students in India. Dube is also a board member at KHOJ, an international artists’ association she cofounded in 1997 in New Delhi.
KMB cofounder Bose Krishnamachari said, “Anita’s sensitivity towards materials, incorporating everyday objects derived from informal, craft, and industrial sources and spaces, is profound. As is her wordplay and use of media, gestures and imagery—all of which will make for varied experiences and resonances in a space as adaptive and accommodating as the Biennale. Her oeuvre features both knowledgeable consideration and skillful melding of the sensibilities and styles of abstractions with real, contemporary concerns. This will doubtless be reflected in her curatorial vision.”
For more on the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, see Jyoti Dhar’s review of the most recent edition in the March issue of Artforum.