Narratives from the Coast

From mapping cities on the table to hand-painted novels on the walls, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale sketches life itself

Written by Vandana Kalra | Updated: December 15, 2016 12:42:12 am
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Placeness of Art

Graphic artist Orijit Sen is inviting people for a gameplay at his studio at Aspinwall House, the main venue. In the mixed-media installation he recreates scenes from Goa, Punjab and Hyderabad. If in Goa he introduces them to Mapusa Market, stocked with local produce and small shopkeepers who have no customers post-demonetisation, in a puzzle of Hyderabad he asks them to replicate his wall panel of the city that “yielded the Koh-i-noor” on a table, and his depiction of Punjab has its green fields, turban-wearing men and roadside gur-making units apart from the Golden Temple.

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Poster Boy

Walls across Kochi are pasted with posters in which UK-based artist Charles Avery is introducing the audience to characters from his invented city, Onomatopoeia. The fictional land has fishermen, mythical beasts and young men and women, all living in a port town that leads to the mainland. A set of works are on display at Kashi Art Cafe, while the posters in the city (pictured) have some of the characters as protagonists. “My works arrived late, so some of the drawings and posters are what I designed after coming to Kochi,”says Avery.

Novel Idea

The English translation of Argentine author Sergio Chejfec’s novel Baroni: A Journey is hand-painted on the city walls, and is the author’s tribute to Venezuelan artist Rafaela Baroni, whose work largely remains undocumented. Through the project titled “Dissemination of a Novel”, Chejfec takes the work to people across Kochi.

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Horn Ok Please

There will be an artistic acoustic added to the usual blaring of the horns on Kochi roads. Latvian artist Voldemars Johansons has altered horns of hundreds of auto-rickshaws in Kochi, replacing them with his horns that emit unexpected sounds. Each of the vehicles taking part in the project has three to five different synthesised sounds, which alternate randomly.

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