The office slowly buzzed back to life last week and as we predicted earlier, not only did the world not end but a lot of people did indeed turn up for the first Kochi-Muziris Biennale. Some of us from the office were there as well, not least Sunil, who as a trustee of the biennale has been working behind the scenes for the good part of two years to make the biennale happen.
But this wasn’t the only inauguratory gesture of the event.
That’s right. Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam aka M.I.A was there to kick off proceedings as well with what we hear was a pretty spectacular performance on the opening night.
From then on, it was quite obvious that all everyone was talking about was the biennale, with art everywhere you looked.
Apart from the work of street artists, present were the pick of the artists from both India and abroad, exhibiting their work in specially restored spaces, which inevitably gave way to some site-specific installations.
Such as this clever piece by L N Tallur,
this beauty from Ernesto Nesto
and this compelling takeover by Atul Dodiya at Aspinwall House.
Subodh Gupta took on the issue of migration in this beautiful yet slightly unsettling installation titled, er, Untitled.
While Robert Montgomery’s typically poignant writings found a suitable canvas in the more picturesque side of Aspinwall House.
If you’re not already planning a visit, it’s worth reconsidering. It’s a beautiful city with some fantastic food, inspiring art and as this picture illustrates, incredible style.
The Kochi Biennale is on till 13 March 2012. More information on artists, venues and location here