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The Kochi-Muziris Biennale
The Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India’s first such show, provides a much-needed platform for a vital inquiry into today’s art by bringing together artists, curators, critics and the general public in a new form of sociality and productive interrelationship. By K. SATCHIDANANDAN


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