New Delhi art. Pro Helvetia cements its commitment to Indo-Swiss cultural exchange with three top Swiss artists at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014.
Pro Helvetia New Delhi is supporting the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014 with three groundbreaking Swiss artists – Christian Waldvogel, Marie Velardi and Julian Charriere. The artists are exhibiting at the Biennale at the invitation of the Artistic Director Jitish Kallat. In addition, Mirjam Fischer, also Swiss, has been appointed to the much heralded position of editor for the Biennale’s short catalogue and review catalogue.
Pro Helvetia, New Delhi (the Swiss Arts Council) initiates, supports and presents projects that reflect the multicultural character of Switzerland and India, and through its work helps arts professionals and cultural practitioners to explore and address other cultures and foster their creative development. Through its work it aims to intensify and increase Swiss artists’ engagement with India and instigate mutually beneficial cultural and artistic exchanges with Indian artists and audiences.
Pro Helvetia has been actively forging cultural discourse and exchange in India for seven years through residencies, arts and performance programmes. Its projects are challenging and wide ranging, from sound art and electronic music to contemporary improvised street performances throughout India. Pro Helvetia continues to push the boundaries of arts in all directions concentrating on its main areas of interest – contemporary music, design, dance, literature, photography and new media.
The Kochi-Muziris Biennale is an international exhibition of contemporary art hosted in the city of Kochi, India and is India’s only Biennale. The Biennale is a platform for new Indian and international aesthetics and art experiences, and seeks to sustain a space that protects and projects the freedom of artistic invention. The theme of the 2014 Biennale is Whorled Explorations which draws across axes of time and space to interlace the terrestrial with the celestial. The Biennale opens on 12 December 2014 and runs for 108 days. Pro Helvetia is also supporting the Artists’ Cinema at the Biennale.
Further exemplifying their commitment to the arts in India, Pro Helvetia has also recently announced the funding of two research grants to celebrate DADA turning 100 in 2016. Dadaism was an avant-garde art movement that started in Zurich, Switzerland in the early 20th Century. The grants are to fund research into the Dada movement and its traces in the Indian context. Winners will be announced 10 January 2015 and research will be presented in Zurich 2016.
Chandrika Grover Ralleigh, Head of Pro Helvetia New Delhi:
“The ongoing work of Pro Helvetia, New Delhi is to challenge audiences, connect artists and cultural practitioners and facilitate Indo-Swiss intercultural exchange of thoughts and ideas to mutual benefit. Kochi provides a great opportunity for our continued collaboration with three spectacular artists.”
About the artists:
Christian Waldvogel – www.waldvogel.com/works
Julian Charriere – www.julian-charriere.net/
Marie Velardi – www.marie.velardi.ch