Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Life and art

Print edition : March 08, 2013

Mumbai-based Anant Joshi's installation 'Three Simple Steps'. Photo: l;flsd;fk

Atul Dodiya reflected upon the mystery of creativity using a poem and many photographs of artists and poets. Photo: Thulasi Kakkat

Ernesto Neto from Brazil, in 'Life is a River', used local textiles for his creation, complete with pouches that carry spices, whose fragrance contributed to the total impact and turned what was once a coconut fibre-processing factory into a magical cave. Photo: Sangeeth Thali

Ibrahim Quraishi, in his installation 'Islamic Violins', organised a series of violins to invoke a chapter from the history of music and of his country. Photo: afdaf

Subodh Gupta packed a lot of things into from the daily life of the common people in Kerala into a typical Kerala wooden boat, suggesting several contexts. Photo: adfasd

Amar Kanwar, the film-maker and artist, presented the state of the peasants of Odisha through the photographs of farmers who committed suicide, albums, books, newspapers report, paddy seeds and cultural artefacts. Photo: adfsa

Ai Weiwei, the great Chinese artist and dissenter, in his video installation 'So Sorry', reflects on his situation, the destiny of a dissenting artist in a totalitarian regime. He was not allowed to leave China to visit Kochi. Photo: Thulasi Kakkat

Dylan Martorell with his work 'Soundtracks-Kochi'. He crossed the boundaries between music and visual art when he designed his own magical musical instruments from objects he picked up from the locality. Photo: Thulasi Kakkat

K.P. Reji at work on his huge canvas depicting village life. Photo: aasdfasd

Behind Cochin Club, the work of Delhi-based Mrida. Photo: Vijay Verma/PTI

The Portuguese artist Rigo 23's installation. Photo: Thulasi Kakkat

Sheela Gowda and Christoph Storz paid homage to a vanishing lifestyle by displaying scores of grinding stones, once used to grind spices, rice and wheat but now replaced by electric grinders and mixies. Photo: Thulasi Kakkat

A fallen tree at Vasco da Gama Square in Fort Kochi that was painted by the artists at the biennale. Photo: H.Vibhu

Vivek Vilasini with his work 'Last Supper Gaza', on the opening day of the biennale. Photo: K.K. Mustafah

The artist Zhang Enli painted whole walls to create patterns with one dominant hue in the company of many others and duplicated them with mirrors. Photo: K.K. Mustafah

A view of Aspinwall House, the main venue of the biennale. Photo: Thulasi Kakkat

Durbar Hall, in Ernakulam. An important venue of the biennale. Photo: K.K. Mustafah

A view of Pepper House, which is located between Fort Kochi and Bazar Road, another of the biennale venues. Photo: Thulasi Kakkat

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India’s first such show, provides a much-needed platform for a vital inquiry into today’s art by bringing together artists, curators, critics and the general public in a new form of sociality and productive interrelationship.

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