Mattancherry, the inaugural exhibition of URU art harbour, curated by Riyas Komu opened on August 12, 2017. Featuring 13 artists, the exhibition, by way of investigating the history of labourers and working class, stories, and memories, seeks to not only move beyond the established microcosms but also to suggest the multi-layered aesthetic, cultural, social, and even abstract sentiments expressive of different multi-cultural perspectives - of looking at and seeing Mattancherry, the place through its people.
OLAM is a thought, expected to expand constantly. The group came together in 2016 on the streets and the rapidly changing neighbourhoods of Mattancherry and Fort Kochi. Rooted in the landscapes of Kochi, OLAM’s music is described as "progressive instrumental". OLAM has been in residency for nearly a year developing their own music. OLAM did their debut on October 22, 2017 at URU art harbour. Syam N pai/ Guitar, Arun S Kumar/ Drum, Ajoy Jose/ Keyboard, Manu Ajayan/ Bass Guitar.
A photographer with over seven years of experience. Specialized in architectural photography and has a special interest in documenting local cultures and traditions. Over the photography career, pictures have been published in various national magazines and have worked with renowned photographers during multiple projects. Director of award winning documentaries and short films on social themes.
ഗുരുചിന്തന: ഒരു മുഖവര / Thinking with Sree Narayana Guru, the bilingual edition was released on July 14, 2017 at Le Meredian Kochi as part of the inaugural function of the sixth annual conference on Metaphysics and Politics organised by Backwaters Collective in association with the Kochi Biennale Foundation." The book is published by URU art harbour.
The residency is intended as an intimate space for exploration outside the protocols of academic life. The idea is to enable a convivial gathering, of 10 - 15 people, to have an intense involvement with philosophical thinking. Beyond the confines of a specific agenda, the residency will look at how to pursue relentless erudition while remaining an amateur, cultivating and sustaining thinking as an in-disciplinary intensity, and how we engage with classical texts today.
Through activities like painting, theatre, clay modelling, puppetry, storytelling, music and games, the Summer Camp at URU Art Harbour aims to foster key skills in children including communication, empathy, self-awareness, creative and analytical thinking, decision making skills, life skills, and problem solving, and enhance their self esteem, self confidence, leadership quality and capacity to work as a team.
Envisioned as a vibrant, sustainable and interactive hub for visual arts, literature, music, and philosophy, URU Art Harbour was launched on November 12, 2016 and is situated at Kochangadi, Mattancherry, Kochi. Inaugural day functions included a musical performance by Olam, release of the book Guruchinthana - Oru Mughavura, display of works by KL Leon, Reghunadhan K, KP Reji, Upendranath TR and Vipin Dhanurdharan, and screening and discussion of the documentary film Kesari directed by KR Manoj.
URU is envisioned as a vibrant, sustainable and interactive hub for visual arts, literature, music, and philosophy.
URU art harbour is a cultural hub situated at Kochangadi, Mattancherry, Kochi. URU seeks to be a space for collaboration and a continual hub for artistic, cultural, and intellectual exploration to move the dialogue about (and of) local cultural specificities from the margins to the centre and to be a free-space for artistic expression, critical inquiry, and creative disruption.
URU is committed to the creation and maintenance of art and culture in the public realm and actively encourages civic engagement and public discourses on art and cultural practices. URU’s public programmes are envisioned to play an important role in reshaping the public’s attitude, to counter cultural stereotypes, and affirm the artistic and cultural contributions of the city’s diverse communities. To do this, URU seeks to facilitate and engage the public with, and broadens its access to art, culture and discourses and create ways in which cultural production, artistic practices, and creative forms constitute and manifest the nexus between the aesthetic, the philosophical, the political, the economic, and the ethical, intended in their widest senses.
URU’s activities include publications, exhibitions, residencies, screenings, music, design interventions, discourses, workshops and educational initiatives.
URU art harbour is founded by Riyas Komu and Zoya Riyas.