Sudarshan Shetty is Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016 Curator
Photo Credit: S. Subramanium/The Hindu Dated: July 15, 2015
Sudarshan Shetty, widely recognized as one of India’s most innovative contemporary artists, is the Curator for the third edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016
Shetty's name was officially unveiled today in Thiruvananthapuram by Kerala’s Minister for Culture K.C. Joseph. Those present on the occasion were the Minister for Tourism, A. P. Anilkumar, Members of Parliament, Members of the Kerala Legislative Assembly, Secretaries to the Government of Kerala, Trustees of Kochi Biennale Foundation, and several dignitaries from the world of art and culture.
Hailing the biennale, Minister Joseph said, "The biennale as a contemporary art project has renewed India’s cultural positioning and has placed Kochi and Kerala on the global cultural map."
Artist Shetty was unanimously chosen by an Artistic Advisory Committee, appointed by the Kochi Biennale Foundation. The Committee included artists Amar Kanwar, Atul Dodiya, Bharti Kher and Jyothi Basu, art critic and curator Ranjit Hoskote, patron Kiran Nadar, and gallerist Shireen Gandhy, along with Kochi Biennale Foundation trustees Sunil V, Riyas Komu and Bose Krishnamachari.
Fifty-four-year-old Sudarshan Shetty, a BFA in painting from Sir JJ School of Art, Mumbai, moved from painting to installation early on in his career. Shetty seeks to explore the "fundamental ontological challenges presented by our immersion in a world of objects".
Shetty mounts his installations in a field of unlikely juxtapositions — of material, exposure, and objects. His expression eschews known narrative structures and recognised symbolisms.
Shetty has exhibited widely in India and around the world.
Shetty’s recent shows include 'Mimic Momento', Galerie Daniel Templon, Brussels, 2015; 'Constructs Constructions', curated by Roobina Karode, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, 2015; 'A Passage', Staatliche Museum, Schwerin, Germany, 2015; every broken moment, piece by piece, GALLERYSKE, New Delhi, 2014; The pieces earth took away, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, 2012; ‘Critical Mass’, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, 2012; 'Indian Highway', Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2012; 'The Matters Within: New Contemporary Art of India', curated by Betti-Sue Hertz, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, 2011; Paris-Delhi-Bombay, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2011; 'Sympathy for the Devil', curated by Walter Vanhaerents and Pierre-Olivier Rollin, Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels, 2011; 'India Inclusive', World Economic Forum, Davos, 2011; 'Contemplating the Void', curated by Nancy Spector, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2010; Vancouver Biennale, 2009, and several others.
Sudarshan Shetty also exhibited at the inaugural edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale curated by Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu in 2012.