Chennai Photo Biennale was founded by the CPB Foundation and Goethe-Institut, Chennai in 2016 as a public arts initiative in response to the growing interest in photography in India, specifically in Chennai. The CPB Foundation is a non-profit foundation established to promote the medium of photography through various initiatives, the primary being the Chennai Photo Biennale.
Spread along the length of the city, from the beaches in South Chennai to the fishing villages of the north, CPB aims to extend itself beyond traditional exhibition spaces to public spaces and those parts of Chennai that have remained outside the realm and remit of contemporary cultural activities. Conceived as a city biennale, CPB’s primary goal is to bring Chennai into its fold by engaging different communities and generations through exhibitions, workshops, panel discussions, presentations, mentorships and educational programs. In a globalised world, where the photographic image has transformed from its primary objective of representation, depiction and documentation to becoming a measure of identity and self worth, it becomes imperative to reassess its purpose, its potential and its power to impact the human mind and decision making.
Acutely aware of the dearth of spaces as well as an indifference towards a unified effort in the Southern region to bring visibility to historical and contemporary photography from India and the subcontinent, CPB made its foray in February 2016. As a month long event, the Biennale installed photographic works in train stations, public parks and galleries spread across Central and South Chennai. Along with the exhibitions, the Biennale initiated an important dialogue on environmental, cultural and economic issues through mentorship, presentations and films. This first edition of the Biennale welcomed over 100,000 visitors.
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The 1st edition of CPB was held from 26 February – 13 March, 2016 and the 2nd edition is scheduled from 22 February – 24 March, 2019.
The CPB Foundation is a non-profit charitable trust engaged in promoting photographic art, meaningful socio-cultural discussion and educational activities. Active around the year, the Chennai Photo Biennale is its primary activity.
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