By Riddhi Doshi
Photography: Courtesy Kochi-Muziris Biennale & Riddhi Doshi
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The third edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale curated by celebrated artist Sudarshan Shetty displays works of 97 artists from 30 countries, across an exhibition space of 5,00,000 sq. ft. in Kochi…
The biennale’s curatorial theme summarized as ‘Forming in the pupil of an eye’ is taken from a story of a sage and a traveller: after a long journey a traveller finds a sage, deep in the caves, deep in meditation. The boy waits there for an hour until the sage assimilates the world in her eye and then looks at the boy.
Drawing on the analogy, the biennale attempts to gather various art practices and materials as one in the biennale space.
Here is a list of the most interesting works that embody the brief and help viewers actualize multiple realities:
Acclaimed Chilean poet Raúl Zurita’s massive installation The Sea of Pain invites people to wade through knee-deep water across the room to read his poem dedicated to Galip Kurdi, the brother of little Syrian refugee Alan, whose body washes ashore on a beach while fleeing Syria.
Inside a huge pyramid made of cow dung cakes reside the souls of 10 late poets, exiled from their respective countries. Slovene poet Aleš Šteger urges the audience to walk through the pitch-dark alleys inside the structure, guided by the voices reciting these poems. After having experienced the unease, restlessness and the feeling of being lost in the darkness, the poet urges the audience to burn the verses in a fire at the exit, as a gesture of releasing the poets’ souls.
Goa-based artist Orijit Sen has created dioramas of market, highways and streets in Goa, Punjab and Hyderabad for his work Go Playces. The installation’s centre piece is a puzzle, which people must put together looking at the images on the wall. It focuses on the archives, stories, memories and folklore of the cities, which we inhabit in our minds.
Mumbai-based artist Rajeev Thakker’s Home presents a series of dwellings, stacked in small compartments. These are dioramas that peek into multiplicity of lifestyles.
PK Sadanandan from Kerala is creating one of the largest murals in the country – 15 metre into 3 metres. Portraying the 12 stories of religious tolerance in ancient Kerala of Parayi Petta Panthiru Kulam, the work comments on the mindless caste discrimination and importance of nurturing and restoring our heritage.
Where: Heritage properties, public spaces & galleries across Fort Kochi and Ernakulam in Kerala, South India
When: December 12, 2016–March 29, 2017