A Biennale is a site for people of the city to come together, across all walks and ages to see art, have immersive experiences, enjoy, learn and engage. The Pune Biennale is of and for the people of this historical and culturally vibrant city. The city’s most awaited, The Pune Biennale 2019 was launched with the above appeal for the citizen of Pune.
This is the 4th edition of Pune Biennale and was launched on the 23rd January 2019 at The Monalisa Kalagram. Pune Biennale is a joint initiative amongst the Foundation, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University and the Pune Municipal Corporation.
The program started with a welcome note given by Foundation’s President Dr. Vishwajeet Kadam through an AV. He appealed the citizens of Pune to participate in maximum number of ways.
Founder-Director Dr. Kiran Shinde, presented a brief history of Pune Biennale and its journey over the last three editions and highlighted the focus on public art and public spaces that makes up for the uniqueness of Pune Biennale.
Dr. Ashwini Shah-Pethe, Managing Director of Pune Biennale Foundation provided an overview of foundation activities including projects like Chaan-daar, Light House Project, Yerwada Wall Mural, Aravani project etc.
Joint Director, Lisa Pingale of The Monalisa Kalagram and joint director at the Foundation anchored this event which was attended by a diverse range of audience.
Khoj International Artists Association, Delhi, has been selected to be the Curators of entire Pune Biennale 2019.
Under the leadership of Pooja Sood, they play a central role in the development of experimental, interdisciplinary and critical contemporary art practice in India and South Asia.
Khoj’s Founder Director Pooja Sood presented her vision about shaping the Pune Biennale 2019. She looks at Pune Biennale 2019 to be –
1. Site Specific Public Art
2. Intellectually and physically accessible
3. Transformative in terms of - unpacking the differences that exist in the areas such as personal, poetic, political, gendered, ecological, legal, extra-legal, economic etc.
As a curator she also promises to create art sites that would help the society come across the differences that exists in economic levels, nationalities, ethnicities, caste and stigma and also between the values of beauty, youth, wellness, health, in able-bodiedness and disability, as well as the differences between the privilege to access – education, money and technology.