Pulling off a 2nd biennale in Kerala deserves salute: Zacharia

Monday, Dec 8, 2014,22:24 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kochi | The upcoming KochiMuziris Biennale (KMB) is a show of proof to the world that Kerala can repeat a mammoth festival on global contemporary art even amid unfavourable local situations, renowned writer Paul Zacharia today said. Imagine a tiny state that is increasingly caught in the tides of ideological poverty, administrative corruption and cultural rot still managing to come up with a grand show of art.
Im sure somewhere in us Malayalis there is a streak of goodness and positivity left, he said after visiting a major venue of the 2nd edition of KMB, beginning on December 12. The KMB is virtually a rebroadcast to the art circuit across continents that little Kerala can sustain a revolutionary art movement in the midst of religious revivalists, power brokers, fortune hunters and pleasure seekers, the 69yearold litterateuractivist noted at the end of a twohour tour of installations around Aspinwall House in Fort Kochi.
Zacharia, who was given a detailed briefing of the artworks at the seaside heritage complex by KMB 14 artistic director Jitish Kallat along with Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu of the Kochi Biennale Foundation, said even the debut edition of the festival possessed a pathbreaking quality. The biennale has facilitated people in my stateand Indiato realise that art is not just about paintings and sculptures, he noted.
One more biennale, and Keralites get an excellent feel of global art movement of our times; it can then get habitual. While on his visit to the galleries that are readying up for the 108day extravaganza featuring works of 94 artists, Zacharia met internationallyacclaimed paintercritic Gulammohamed Sheikh from Gujarat.