the theme of the inaugural Pune Biennale is “Hills of Pune” as they are represent significant public spaces in the city. The hills in and around the city have given it a distinct geographical and cultural identity. While the city and its people exhibited strong cultural relationships with their hills, increasingly a rupture is being experienced due to rapid urbanization and its associated challenges. The Biennale will be an effort to restore, rehabilitate and rekindle the socio-spatial attachment of the people of the city with their hills. Thus, the inaugural Biennale is about “celebrating hills through art” and is framed in the following question, “How do you define, realize and express your cultural connection(s) with the hills of Pune?”All artists and participants are invited to express “hills” through various art forms including painting, sculpture, design, film, architecture, environmental activities, new media and performance arts.
Titled as “Mohor”, the Pune Biennale is conceptualised as a ten-day event that will take place from 11th January 2013 to 21st January 2013. Pune Biennale is about “celebrating hills through art” and therefore will be spread across six hills in Pune: Parvati, Taljai, Bhamburda hills, Chaturshringi, Hanuman Tekdi, Ram Tekdi and P.L. Deshpande garden near Panchgaon forest. Thus, it will comprise “on-site activities” and “off-site activities”. On-site activities include painting public artifacts, installation of sculptures, hands-on workshops, pottery demonstration, heritage talk, eco-walks, guided nature trails, musicals, street performances, etc while the off-site activities constitute of seminars, competitions, short film screenings, chat shows, and exhibitions to promote active engagements between artists and public.