Art in town - Kochi Muziris Biennale

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Woodcut prints by Dennis Muraguri - a Kenyan artist, depicting the matatus - privately owned buses that serve as the primary mode of transportation for the people in Kenya. The buses are mass-produced, but each matatu is modified to be made special and unique; re-painted and fitted with music to attract and amuse the passengers. Hence it is representation of the culture where common is tailored to stand out as one of a kind.

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Woodprints of the Matatu by Dennis Muraguri

And here's the MDF board with the markings of the above print.

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The MDF board used for the print by Dennis Muraguri

From Kenya back to India, once again the humble bus takes the centre stage in the exhibit called Oorali Express, the name of a local musical band. The title is the name of their bus that has been modified as a tour vehicle and a performance stage. A contemporary band performing an amalgamation of acts such as music, theatre, art and conversations with their audiences; their songs speak about the current realities of the world. And they are available for bookings !

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The erstwhile Oorali Express ?
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A poster for the Oorali Express band

And where is this exhibition ? At the only biennale being held in the country; at Kochi, Kerala. There was an initial concern whether we will have the exhibition this year because of the unprecedented havoc caused by flooding in Kerala in Aug 18; but it's on in full swing at Kochi.

Our guide was a lady named Karisma from Manipur, a state in north-east India. The main venue is as always the beautiful and historic Aspinwall House at Fort Kochi.

Have attended the biennale in 2016 also, the post Kochi Muziris Biennale 2018: A prelude has the details. Here are a few more reflections from the event this year.

The artist Chandan Gomes from New Delhi, India has some interesting exhibits - everyday, uncanny were the last two adjectives on his written portrait.

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An exhibit by Chandan Gomes

His photographs like the one below - are intended to trigger memories and feelings as opposed to the view that photos record memories.

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Photographs by Chandan Gomes

The Pepper House, another historical building nearby is a venue.

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Pepper House, Fort Kochi

And here we have exhibit by Vivian Caccuri providing a narrative on mosquitoes with light and sound effects; we blame them for so many ills, maybe all was not their fault !?

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An exhibit by Vivian Caccuri

From Indonesia, a mechanical exhibit by Heri Dono.

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An exhibit by Heri Dono

There are many more exhibits to see and much more to read; it's a treat. If you have time, do visit !!

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Till next post, take care.

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