Sudarshan Shetty has been appointed as curator of the third edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale that will take place in 2016-17. The official announcement was made at the capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, by the State Minister for Culture, KC Joseph, in the presence of State Minister for Tourism, A. P. Anilkumar, MLAs, MPs, secretaries of State, trustees of Kochi Biennale Foundation and other dignitaries from the world of art and culture.
Having completed his BFA in painting from Sir JJ School of Art, Mumbai, in 1985, Shetty moved to sculptural installations early on. He is best known for his larger-than life works that question norms, and uses objects as varied as skeletons, broken China and terracotta in his work. The Mumbai-based artist has exhibited widely in India and around the world. He was also a participating artist in the inaugural edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, curated by Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu in 2012.
Shetty takes over the reigns from Jitish Kallat who curated the 2014-15 edition of the Biennale, organised under the curatorial theme “The Whorled Explorations”, that saw 94 artists from 33 countries.