A multimedia artist and curator, Riyas Komu is the ideator of Kochi-Muziris Biennale and Co-Founder of Kochi Biennale Foundation (est. 2010). He co-curated the first edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale in 2012 and has been the Director of Programmes of the Kochi Biennale Foundation (2012, 2014, 2016) and in this capacity, he has initiated the Students’ Biennale, Children’s Biennale (ABC, Art by Children), Artists Cinema, Video Lab, Let’s Talk series & History Now (Talks and Seminars), Pepper House Residency & Exhibition. He has been the Advisor and Visual Arts Curator for Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa in 2016 & 2017 and has conceptualised and curated the ‘Young Sub-Continent’ project since 2016, 17 & 18. In 2016, he founded URU Art Harbour a cultural hub in Mattancherry, Kochi, which seeks to be a space for collaboration and a continual hub for artistic, cultural, and intellectual exploration.