Kochi Muziris Biennale 2018
Kochi Muziris Biennale is an international exhibition of contemporary arts. It is founded in 2012 by the Kochi Biennale Foundation with the support of the Government of Kerala. The exhibition is held in Kochi with shows in galleries, halls and other sites. Kochi is the most suitable place to conduct the Bienalle because of its multicultural past and the ancient port Muziris, the mythical predecessor of Cochin. It is a cultural tourist attraction. The exhibitors come from all over the world to convey messages through films, installation art, sculptures, paintings etc.
It is the best biennale in the world quite known for its variety of artwork, performances and the accessibility for everyone. Normally, people are not interested in art. Only the artists support art always. So this is an effort from the part of the artists and those who love art. They are the most influential artists who have a great commitment, trying to bring art to the common man including businessmen, doctors, engineers, and other workers.
Biennale opens up the connection between religion, politics, and sex in human beings through the artwork. The artists reflect the complications of this world by bringing together infinite visions in their masterpieces. The visitors have to spend extra time to grasp these things without hurry, unlike other exhibitions. If they are ready to spend their quality time they enter into the infinite knowledge of the art. Some are easy to digest, yet some thought-provoking. The visitors get an understanding of the dissonances and lack of awareness of what they see in this world. They bring together the diversity of life experiences and open for the world.
Most of the modelings are made from waste materials. Still, the reinstatements are inestimable. The immersive and experimental works of the international workers done in the previous Biennale were transcendental and intuitive.
Virtual tour is another attraction of this Biennale. It’s a walking in which the visitors experience a coordination of the imaginations and perceptions that are depicted in themselves. Its a unique experience of walking like a blind person through our own space in the exhibition ground as if they are on another planet. It creates a kind of an alternate reality to walk through. The guide makes it possible by using touch, sound, and light.
There will be live performances of the Indian cultural and classical dances. There is space for open discussions, disputes, and evaluations based on what the exhibition showcased. Also, There will be talks, seminars, screenings, music, workshops and educational activities along with the exhibition.
This year will be the fourth edition of Biennale featuring 90 artists from around the world. Anita Dube will be the curator. She is an outstanding defender of contemporary workmanship. She has traveled 31 countries to select the artists. According to her, this edition of Kochi Biennale will focus on exploring the “Possibilities for a Non-alienated Life”. Bose Krishnamachari is the co-founder and president of Kochi Biennale Foundation.
Student’s Biennale 2018
A student Biennale will also be conducted in those days. Students’ Biennale this year involves a multilateral approach, featuring an exhibition, an expanded education forum, and field-based research on the condition of art education as it stands. Kochi Biennale Foundation will give a production support for the selected projects of artworks done by Indian students. It will also expand its scope to include the participation of students from other SAARC countries, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar.
To conclude, we can say that Kochi Muziris Biennale is an artistic activism in which some influential artists tried to respond to this world through their fantasies and exclusive artforms. There is no need to be a genius to read a poetry or novel or to enjoy an artwork. Instead, from a child’s point of view, we get a better understanding of the same. India has a number of art forms as it is a multi-cultural nation. But there is less motivation for the development of art as in foreign countries. That is the relevance of such a Biennale in India. The venue is opened for those who have taken an appointment.
Kochi Muziris Biennale 2018 will start on 12th December 2018 and ends on 29th March 2019.
Aspinwall House, Durbar Hall, Pepper House, Cabral Yard, David Hall, Kashi Art Cafe, Kashi Town House, Uru Art Harbour, and Anand warehouse are the venues of Kochi Muziris Biennale 2018.