Through ‘batata’, Anant Joshi’s Kochi Biennale collateral offers satirical take on the world

Known for his engagement with toys, cartoons and caricatures, Anant Joshi’s collateral exhibition at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale is a playful and satirical take on the world narrated through a fictional character called ‘batata’. True to its English equivalent, which is a potato, the ‘batata’ in Anant’s exhibition is an organic-looking, cartoonish form that has a…

Combining sound, animation and text, this Kochi Biennale presentation focuses on human and non-human interactions

Perhaps no platform in the contemporary art world is complete without artists pondering over the influence of digital spaces on human beings, including the advent of newer technologies such as artificial intelligence. A unique video-text installation, which is a collaboration between Ahmedabad-based artist Suvani Suri and Kerala-born Mochu, engages the Kochi-Muziris Biennale viewer with a…

South African Zanele Muholi essays what it means to be black, lesbian and a woman

In 2006, South African artist Zanele Muholi began a photographic series as an attempt to remedy “black queer invisibility”. Featuring lesbians, women and trans people of colour, the project was born out of the need to create a visual history of South Africans, especially lesbians, while highlighting their struggles. The portraits, in which Zanele’s subjects…

Priya Ravish Mehra’s biennale works put spotlight on traditional darning

Priya Ravish Mehra’s participation at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale unravels a rare technique of woven tapestries, combining fragments of discarded weaves with paper pulp.    Priya’s experimentation with fibres has its roots in her childhood in Najibabad, a town in Uttar Pradesh. Local rafoogars, or darners, regularly brought antique shawls from Kashmir and other precious fabrics to her…

Artist Profiles for Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018

Linking ‘thought’ and ‘matter’, Raju Sutar’s Biennale collateral deploys life-size innovations In Madhvi Parekh’s biennale works, tradition and modernity intersectPriya Ravish Mehra's biennale works put spotlight on traditional darning How to judge an artwork? Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn has some cuesSouth African Zanele Muholi essays what it means to be black, lesbian and a womanMrinalini…

Linking ‘thought’ and ‘matter’, Raju Sutar’s Biennale collateral deploys life-size innovations

What is the connection between ‘thought’ and ‘matter’? And what lies beyond them? Artist Raju Sutar attempts to address these complex questions through a large mixed-media art show he has curated as a collateral project of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. The independent exhibition that runs parallel to the 108-day contemporary art festival, features five Pune-based artists,…

Outsider Art @ Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018

Background note from Kochi Biennale: Outsider Art, here, denotes the art practice of persons with autism. They are not specifically trained in formal art schools, even as they have neuro-developmental disabilities and often deal with social exclusion. The art they produce may be outcomes of their non-linear thinking, obsessive-compulsive nature, stimulus over-selectivity and other attributes…