12/12/2012 11:17 am ET Updated Feb 11, 2013

Kochi: India's First Art Biennale

12/12/12 at 12 o'clock. That's not another end-of-the-world prophecy. It's the official start time of India's first-ever biennale, an international art exhibition that is set to take over the southern city of Kochi for the next three months.

Artists often complain that India's contemporary art scene is too market-focused , with galleries and trade fairs dominating this space. The aim of Kochi's biannual event is to help change that by providing a platform that focuses on the art, rather than on the art market.

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