Aalaap goes to the Kochi-Muziris Biennale...

For starters, I’m so glad I went to the Kochi-Muziris Biennale this year! There are many things I loved about the Fest, overall - how cool is it that an art festival takes over every nook and cranny of a sleepy little town, in a way that every person who lives and works there, feels like she/he owns it! How fun is it when your favourite cafe becomes a venue for art; how gorgeous is it when the whole world walks into your town curious and excited to soak in and immerse itself in art; how amazing is it to witness some fantastic, cutting-edge, experimental and quirky art that is inspired by the world around us, forcing us to pause, and reflect before we head back to our cushy, comfortable lives, pretending that all is hunky dory! The Kochi-Muziris Biennale is as much about the idea as it is about its experience. Some photographs stayed with me, some left me numb, many made me uncomfortable, a few made me cry, some made my jaw drop and a handful went right over my head! But who cares! I came home convinced - more and more - that art is an expression - and it is imperative that we create more and more forums that enable us to have conversations that matter. The photos below, shot by my co-traveller and friend, Lata Ganapathy, are just a smattering of the many creations that are a part of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. I always believe that the fun is more when it’s shared; do take a moment to share your Biennale story if you have one, that is, or drop us a note to tell us what you think of what you see. And if you are busy, don’t worry; we won’t be upset with you!

Say hello to the Kochi-Muziris Biennale

The Aspinwall House, a large sea-facing heritage property in Fort Kochi is the central hub for the Biennale

Animal Farm: Celebrating the inextricable link between man and nature using Gond art as inspiration

Music of the Loom:
Life is a song, just sing it!

The Power of the Collective Singular Narrative;
an audio installation

What you see, is what you get

There’s a message in every bottle! Think about what you drink!

Scarred Forever: Stains of Slavery that no detergent can ever wash off!

Standing tall in a four-wheeler and healing through music in the face of disaster;
a community project that touched lives in times of turbulence

Maximum City: Envisaging a metropolis over 27 long years! A lesson in art and endurance!

What goes around, comes around! Welcome to the Circle of Life!

Guess what? The Gods just walked the red carpet and are busy in a noisy meeting in the languages of the world even while humans continue to destroy and devastate

What’s Cooking in the Kitchen? Nature’s Fury with a side of Topsy Turvy

And despite the ravages of time, these books gather no moss!

Sisterhood of the Travelling Books! Books of, by, on, for, about, against, women and the world they inhabit!

No Boundaries, please: Celebrating the free-flowing spirit of Nature

Free Ploy! Celebrating the lost art of leisure and the magic of imagination

Isn’t it ironic! They carry the spices on their heads and in the home where the spices are stored, we pretend to appreciate art!

Because young artistic expressions matter

The future lies in your tender hands! May you never stop exploring and sharing

To let the art ferment forever, we opt for a pint of Kombucha

Khushboo, our very informed art mediator helped us access the art, letting us appreciate it better. Also in the frame, Lata Ganapathy

Of inclusivity and ownership! Art for art’s sake

Thank you Kochi-Muziris Biennale for being a window to the world of art!