Pune Biennale 2017

The 3rd edition of Pune Biennale started on the 5th of January 2017. For the whole month the vibrant art festival made its presence felt on the international map. Pune Biennale 2017 hosted projects all across the city, connecting not just artists from India and abroad but also traditional art spaces with unconventional arenas for creating and displaying art.

Our flagship exhibition, Habit-co-Habit, curated by Zasha Colah and Luca Cerizza, explored various modes of cohabitation and social habits to host a reflection on the potentialities, repercussions and consequences of such a movement of people, and of the process of modernisation and urban development.

The Biennale visitors had an opportunity to engage in our other Participatory Projects involving all sections of society and being housed in major art galleries and parks like Empress Garden as well as moving spaces created especially for this art event in the city.

Pune Biennale 2017 successfully got completed on the 29th of January 2017. The foundation would love to thank everyone for being with us, for your contribution and time. We hope that you enjoyed Pune Biennale 2017 as much as we did!


The title of the flagship exhibition of Pune Biennale 2017 is based on a wordplay between ‘habit’ and ‘cohabit’. By attaching the suffix ‘co’ before ‘habit’, a rather alternate meaning is attained. A habit, or ritual, is literally turned into something else, suggesting a transformation in our own behaviour: we get rid of our habits to start a cohabitation, to live with someone else, to share our living condition with the other, with another.
The question of cohabitation is particularly pressing in the context of Pune. An economically leading city in the state of Maharashtra, it is today one of the fastest growing cities in India and, more generally, in the Asia-Pacific region. This rapid growth attracts workers, professionals, students, and migrants from India and elsewhere. In the context of Doug Saunders’ study on the movement of people from rural to urban areas in the 21st century as constituting the largest migration in history, Pune represents such an ‘arrival city’.

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Inclusive Art (with specially-abled)

In its third edition, Pune Biennale brings forth a very interesting opportunity to experience inclusive art. Take your pick from the multiple ways that we intend to disseminate this project:

  1. Workshop with children

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Young Expressions: Student Projects

What possibilities, creative and collaborative, may be unleashed if we pave the way for genuine exchange of art as well as the thought process behind its creations? Pune Biennale invites students of various Indian art schools to share their Young Expressions by engaging in a dialogue, and thereby develop an unusual critique of contemporary Indian art.
The medium will, naturally, be the student's own exploratory artworks. Pune Biennale invites approximately five installations from each art school.

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Not Just A Garden

For all visitors, old and new, Pune Biennale 2017 offers a novel opportunity to experience this bustling public garden with a tinge of art! The Sambhaji Park on JM Road has been long known for its greenery. These working lungs of Pune will now host a series of artworks and installations during the Biennale. Therefore, for a brief window of time, we wish to transform this treasure-house by adding another layer of cultural space, to appreciate Sambhaji Park also as an artspace.

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Moving Art / Spaces

What constitutes an art space? Galleries? Auditoriums? Parks?

How about an art space which moves and allows you to move through it? Pune Biennale Foundation did some out of the box thinking to bring to the city some unique architectural spaces which will be transient, thereby exapnding the field of art, spatially and temporally. These spaces are either artworks themselves or such that contain artworks. In and around the Deccan area of the city, one can witness and experience these creations and installations.

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My City / My Art

A city is no more than its people. Pune Biennale 2017 offers an open platform for people to speak their mind publicly in an articulate yet artistic mode/form. It is only through such free rendering that our city can benefit from the public and participatory artistic expressions.

We have all grown up with fond memories of streets that we called ours and that inhabited our world. We often talk nostalgically about the beauty of such streets. Those days seem to be gone and why not; we now want fancy cars parked outside our houses. Nothing wrong with it- at least we think so. But when everybody does that the street vanishes.

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Imagine having to choose from several art galleries because they are hosting concurrent shows! Well, this is no advertisement in Berlin or Edinburgh or such.

Pune Biennale 2017 brings to you a sheer treat for 15 days where local artists will showcase their cutting edge work based on the theme "Identity and Self". This exhibition, which is a collaboration with hosting galleries is an impulse to involve Pune artists to present contemporary works.

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