an overview

The fifth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale opens on the 12th of December, 2022 with
over 200 projects spread across heritage properties and warehouses, galleries and public
spaces across Fort Kochi, Mattancherry, and Ernakulam on India’s southwestern coast. The
central exhibition In Our Veins Flow Ink and Fire curated by Singaporean artist Shubigi
Rao, will run until April 10, 2022, featuring 90 artists and over 40 new commissions in
historic Aspinwall House, Pepper House, and Anand Warehouse in Fort Kochi.

Shubigi Rao states, ‘Returning after a gap of 4 years, the 5th edition of the Kochi-Muziris
Biennale examines how we survive, through song, materiality, joy, humour, and through
language, whether written, verbal, and oral. After the states of fear, trauma and uncertain
limbo of the pandemic years, it may seem strange to call for joy. Where is this optimism?
Perhaps we can sense it more tangibly in artistic and collective work, especially in regional
or particular contexts and forms, of the artists gathered here, in this Biennale.

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