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began kissing me and feeling me up while I struggled to even process what the hell was going on. I was so petrified that I just let it happen. It stopped just as abruptly as it had started. And then he left. It didn’t stop there. I was violated by him again during my stay in Kochi. The work that I had hoped to do never even materialized.
What was considered (for centuries) the perks of masculinity, is being called out today as totally unacceptable to women, as a violation of their human rights. I stand in complete solidarity, salute those who are brave enough to put their name at stake, support those who are disempowered and remain anonymous.
In Riyas Komu stepping down, the Kochi Biennale Foundation has taken remedial action, and begun the process of structural change, taking into consideration suggestions from the employees and the curatorial team.