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Kochi Biennale Foundation becomes part of Knowledge Production and Exchange Network

The KBF's tie-up with the institutions from across South Asia and Britain is expected to provide fillip to art in India

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Kochi, Feb 10, 2017: The Kochi Biennale Foundation has joined up with 10 leading contemporary art institutions to create a hub for collaboration in art and become a part of the knowledge production and exchange network.

The KBF’s tie-up with the institutions from across South Asia and Britain is expected to provide fillip to art in India.

In a statement on Friday at the ongoing biennale, the KBF said over a three-year programme of exhibitions and other events, the ‘New North and South’ network would showcase the best of contemporary art in both regions.

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The network would also promote their artistic and intellectual expressions and explore their shared heritage and contested histories.

The initiative sees the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the Dhaka Art Summit, the Karachi and Lahore Biennales and the Colombo Biennale from the sub-continent come together in partnership with such major contemporary arts organisations from northern Britain as the Manchester Art Gallery, the Whitworth Art Gallery, the Manchester Museum, the Liverpool Biennial and The Tetley art gallery along with the British Council.

“In keeping with its mandate to collaborate and engage, the Foundation is proud to work with a range of partners in South Asia and in the UK on this long term initiative to share knowledge and creativity across the world,” said KBF President Bose Krishnamachari.

“We thank the Arts Council of England for their support and look forward to a productive and shared future,” he said.

The on-ground programme begins in Manchester in March with a retrospective of photographs by Sooni Taraporevala at the Whitworth.

In parallel to the public programmes, the network would facilitate a series of residencies hosted by the Liverpool Biennial. The residencies would enable mid-career artists from South Asia to work with, or be supported by, artists and curators with international reputations.

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Noting that the biennales in South Asia were at the forefront of nurturing new artistic talent in the region, Jim Hollington, Director Arts South Asia, British Council, said, they are delighted to have helped match them with their peers in the North of England.

“The resulting exchange and collaboration will strengthen the institutions and individuals involved, and deepen understanding between people in Britain and South Asia of each other’s creative talent,” said Hollington. (IANS)

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Iran invites Pakistan to join Chabahar project with India

India, Iran and Afghanistan signed a trilateral agreement in 2016

Chabahar Port is of great international significance in terms of trade, especially for India. Wikimedia Commons
Chabahar Port is of great international significance in terms of trade, especially for India. Wikimedia Commons
  • Iran has invited Pakistan to join Chabahar port project
  • It is a very crucial port of great importance
  • India, Iran and Afghanistan have already signed a trilateral agreement in 2016

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has invited Pakistan to participate in the Chabahar Port project that connects India to Afghanistan, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, a leading Pakistani daily reported on Tuesday.

Chabahar Port is built and operated by India. Wikimedia Commons

The move may be seen as Zarif’s bid to allay concerns here over the Indian involvement in the Iranian port, Dawn online reported. The Iranian minister also, meanwhile, extended the invitation to China.

“We offered to participate in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). We have also offered Pakistan and China to participate in Chahbahar,” Zarif, who is on a three-day visit to Pakistan, said while delivering a lecture at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) on Monday, according to the daily.

India, Iran and Afghanistan signed a trilateral agreement in 2016 to jointly develop the Chabahar port, opening a new strategic transit route between the three nations and other Central Asian nations, bypassing Pakistan. In November 2017, India delievered the first consignment of wheat to Afghanistan through the Chabahar Port.

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Zarif had earlier held bilateral talks with his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Asif and addressed a trade conference. The visiting Foreign Minister is being accompanied by a large trade delegation from Iran.

He also said that Gwadar Port and Chabahar Port needed to be linked through sea and land routes for development of deprived Eastern and South-eastern Iran and South Western Pakistan. “We are taking measures to do that and there is an open invitation to Pakistan to participate in that,” Zarif said.

Chabahar Port will make India's trade with Afghanistan easier. Wikimedia Commons
Chabahar Port will make India’s trade with Afghanistan easier. Wikimedia Commons

He also said that the Chabahar port project was not meant to “encircle Pakistan … strangulate anybody”, adding that Iran would not allow anybody to hurt Pakistan from its territory, much like Pakistan would not allow its soil to be used against Iran.

Zarif likened Iran’s relations with India to Pakistan’s ties with Saudi Arabia. “Our relations with India, just like Pakistan’s relations with Saudi Arabia, are not against Islamabad as we understand Pakistan’s relations with Saudi Arabia are not against Iran.” IANS