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Inlaks Recipients at the Kochi Muziris Biennale 2018

Inlaks Recipients at the Kochi Muziris Biennale 2018

Eight recipients of various Inlaks art opportunities spanning from 1985 to 2018 participated in the recently concluded Kochi-Muziris Biennale curated by Anita Dube.


  • Aqui Thami: Inlaks Fine Art Awardee - 2018    

  • BV Suresh: Inlaks Scholar - 1985 (Royal College of Art, London)

  • Prabhakar Pachpute: The Foundation supported the discursive and educative programme of his solo show in 2016 at the National Gallery of Modern Art , Mumbai.

  • Sonia Kurana: Inlaks Scholar - 1997 (Royal College of Art, London)

  • Temsuyanger Longkumar: Inlaks Scholar - 2001 (Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, Italy)

  • Veda Thozur Kolleri: Artist Residency at Ashkal Alwan,  Beirut-2018

Curatorial Team:

  • Anushka Rajendran: Residency at the International  Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), Brooklyn, New York,  2016  

  • John Xaviers: Inlaks Curatorial Lab participant - 2013 at the Jawarharlal Nehru University, Delhi. 

In this week’s post we are sharing the works of a few of the recipients.

Anushka Rajendran

Curatorial assistant to Anita Dube

Anushaka had a wonderfully challenging experience being a curatorial assistant to Anita Dube.

Aqui Thami

Sister Library

Sister Library is a travelling library of one hundred books from Aqui Thami’s own book collection that focuses solely on women’s writing. The aim of the library is to create an empowering space for women.

Prabhakar Pachpute

Resilient Bodies in the Era of Resistance

In the last few years India has witnessed a constant and strong protest from its farmers. Through his work Prabhakar Pachpute aims to sensitise his viewer to their plight by highlighting protests in Mumbai, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and elsewhere to demonstrate against the the lack of government support in the face of declining income, crippling debt and corruption.

Sonia Kurana

Bird 2

Bird 2 is Sonia Khurana’s most iconic video work. Filmed on Hi 8, processed in the early days of digital image production, ‘bird’ was made while studying in London but first shown in Delhi, where its form and its transgressive use of the naked female body was brought to the scene of contemporary Indian art. 

Body Event II

Body Event II [2018], is a survey of a few of the iterations of her action of lying down, that has been performed in various spaces, and in different modalities around various cities, between 2006 to present. 

Temsuyanger Longkumar

Catch a Rainbow II

Catch a Rainbow II is the second iteration of Temsüyanger Longkumer’s attempt to make a rainbow that is visible during both night and day. The work brings together his interest in working with natural elements, and chance.

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Gods summit II

Gods summit is a multimedia work that takes us to an imaginary congregation of gods, playing on the numerous forms and tongues in which they have been imagined in civilizational history. Working with the implicit idea that these gods present different philosophical positions, and with it varied interests, politics, and lives,  a cacophony of light-hearted  and grave voices emerge- agreeing , disagreeing and sharing.

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Veda Thozur Kolleri

Rigor mortis 

Rigor mortis (a medical term for the third stage of death - when the muscles of the corpse stiffen) is the residue of a series of interventions using organic material in different stages of decay, decomposition, and abandonment. It is the physical manifestation of a practice that tries to come to terms with mortality and impermanence through naive attempts at preservation, while the practice itself is a rehearsal that imagines that habitual exposure to loss will ease the grief that comes with it. 

Cover Image: The courtyard at Pepper House courtesy Zoya Kathawala.

All images are courtesy the artists and/or the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018.

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