Kissa Kursi Ka is a Collateral event of the Kochi Art Biennale 2016 that presents a series of sculptural seats by Gunjan Gupta curated by Yoichi Nakamuta at the Heritage Arts Warehouse in Mattancherry. Vasco Da Gama arrived on Indian shores in Calicut near Kochi in 1498 and in essence brought the chair with him. Prior to European arrival, Indian society primarily sat on the floor and elevated seating existed as thrones symbolising power. This historical fact presents an interesting perspective on the evolution of furniture design in India, a theme that has been explored by Gupta in her widely acclaimed throne series over the past decade.
Curated by Yoichi Nakamuta
Kochi Art Biennale 2016
Heritage Art, Jew Town, Mattancherry, Kochi, Kerala
Gunjan is a Masters Graduate in Furniture Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London. Her efforts in repositioning the ‘Made in India’ brand internationally have won her global recognition that includes several Elle Decor International Design Awards and British Council’s YCE finalist role in 2007. She has curated the India design exhibition at the Experimenta Design Biennale, Lisbon in 2009.
SEATS & TABLES
2006 - 2016