URU INITIATIVES

Woodblock prints of Book Covers by C K Kurian

March 17-March 31, 2019

From 1964 till offset printing became popular, 80% of the Sahithya Pravarthaka Sahakarana Sangham's Book Covers' blocks were made by C K Kurian.

Curated by Riyas Komu

December 13, 2018 - March 31, 2019

An URU Travel & Research Grant 2018 Project, Manchukkar is a photography series by K R Sunil. These are stories of lives spent battling the sea that have not many pages to their names in history books. All what they have is the memories of their intense and extraordinary experiences that made the line between life and death indistinct.

Curated by Riyas Komu

February 16 - March 31, 2019

Veteran photographer, A J Joji has documented Padma Shri Laksmikutty Amma, the honourable ethnic healer from Kerala.

Dr. Rudhramoorthy Cheran

February 2,  2019

Introduction by Poet Sukumaran. Malayalam language translation by Poets Anvar Ali, Anitha Thampi & O P Suresh. Dr. C S Venkiteswaran in conversation with the Poet Cheran, a Canadian academic, playwright and journalist and one of the best known poets writing in Tamil language. Born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, he grew up in  the 1980s during the times of ethnic conflict and civil strife.

Exhibition of paintings and drawings by Edmund Thomas Clint as part of "Art Picnic”. Clint was a seven year old master artist who created around 25000 drawings & paintings in his lifetime.

Art Picnic, a month-long Summer Camp for children in the month of May 2018. Open studio - painting, clay, and origami led by artists Leon K L, Sanam Narayanan, Chithra E G  & Anto George. Children’s Film Screening & Children's Book Fair, conducted with the support of Kerala Bookmark and D C Books.

Curated by Dr. C. S. Venkiteswaran

20, 21 Oct 2018 & 10, 11 Nov 2018

It is conducted by URU art harbour & Sahapedia in association with Dept. of Vedanta, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, Kerala. Speakers include Dr. P V Narayanan, Dr. N Ajayakumar, Dr. P S Radhakrishnan, Dr. Sunil P Ilayidam, Dr. C Rajendran, Dr. T T Sreekumar, Dr. K G Paulose & Dr. T V Madhu. (Talks are in Malayalam language)

André Luetzen's

January 17 - March 20,  2018

André Luetzen's Living Climate, an exhibition of photographs focusing on three cities with very different weather conditions: Kochi in Southern India, Arkhangelsk in North-West Russia and Khartoum in Sudan. 
In 'Living Climate' André Luetzen approaches the question of how climate influences people and their ways of living. He documented how climate circumstances define living situations and effect a very diverse interplay between private and public. All photographs were taken between 2014 and 2017.
The exhibition is conducted with the support of Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan.

Written by K M Chidambaram & Directed by C Gopan

July 21 & 22, 2018, 6. 30 pm

Co-produced by URU art harbour and Collective Phase One "Thuramugham" is a 140-minute drama based on the life of port workers of Kochi in the 1950s.
"Thuramugham" (തുറമുഖം) was written in 1968 and is being re-presented on its 50th anniversary. Music: Thomas Joe, Stage: Jyotilal, Lights: Jithu, Costumes: Amritha

Curated by Riyas Komu

August 12 - December 31, 2017

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.

Currently in URU Residency since Aug 2017

A photographer with over seven years of experience. Specialized in architectural photography and has a special interest in documenting local cultures and traditions.  He has been documentating 42 diverse communities living in the historic town of Mattancherry in Kochi, Kerala.
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.

January 5, 2019- Nimisha Salim
January 26, 2019- Kathya Sings Kabir

Nimisha Salim is a young singer and an ardent music lover. Currently learning Hindustani Classical Music under the tutelage of Ustad Faiyaz Ahmed Khan and pursuing her masters in English Literature at the University of Delhi.

Kathayayini Dash is an installation/performance artist and musician. She is involved in exploring ways of rendering her voice by evoking the resonant voices of poets like Kabir & Faiz among others.

January 17 201

To remember Rohith Vemula is to remember a debt that we owe to him and to his and coming generations, and to the promises, pledges and pleas of and in the Indian Constitution. So that the agonising gap between the soul and the body is recognised and addressed, and the yearning to journey from the shadows to the stars becomes a reality. So as to consciously invoke and remind ourselves not to forget that human beings are glorious things made of star dust...

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.

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