ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Critical Notes on the Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Disappearing Strands of Historicity

This paper critically looks at the 2012-13 Kochi-Muziris Biennale and a few important exhibits against the background of the controversies they created. In order to problematise the biennale's ideology of cosmopolitanism, through which the organisers tried to surpass the existing institutions of art and democracy, this essay dwells upon the issues of spectatorship and the discursivity of art practices. It argues that there is a shift away from the principles of dissent and radical egalitarianism in the course of contemporary Indian art and that the biennale is an exemplary case of this turn.

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