the kochi-muziris biennale (KMB) is billed as ‘the largest contemporary art festival in asia’. every two years, a series of abandoned factories and warehouses in the indian state of kerala are repurposed as galleries and cafés that host a variety of activity. additionally, a pavilion is constructed to host performance and cinematic art at fort kochi-mattancherry’s cabral yard — a one acre campus full of large trees. for KMB 2018, curator anita dube commissioned new delhi-based firm anagram architects to design this temporary structure.
in previous editions of the kochi-muziris biennale, the pavilion served primarily as an auditorium for cinematic and stage performances. however, this year the curatorial brief tasked anagram architects with designing a more intensive and inclusive structure that could host workshops, lectures, social performances, conferences, and book launches. in addition to the pavilion, the campus houses two eateries, a children’s art space, an ATM, public restrooms, and an organic waste recycling plant.
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