Kochi | The Kochi-Muziris Biennale kick started on a glamorous note on Friday to travel through 108 days of art-fever for Kochi till March 29, 2015 in 8 venues spread across Fort Kochi and Ernakulam. Titled Whorled Explorations, KMB 2014 is curated by the internationally renowned artist Jitish Kallat. Maintaining its unique character of being led by artist-curators, KMB 2014 will showcase 100 works of 94 artists from 30 countries.
According to the curator, Whorled Explorations metaphorically exaggerates the gestures we make when we try to see or understand something; of either going close to or moving away from it in space, and we reflecting back or forth in time to understand the present.
The exhibition draws upon these gestures of deliberation across the axes of space and time to present artworks that interlace the bygone with the imminent and the terrestrial with the celestial, says Mr. Kallat who has envisioned Kochi as an observation deck – a viewing device and not the vista.
Founded and curated by two of India’s leading artists, Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012 drew in nearly 400,000 people. The Biennale which walked into people proposed a new way of engaging and exploring through art. KMB is a project in appreciation of, and an education about, artistic expression and its relationship with society.
The Kochi-Muziris Biennale is intended to create not only a platform for contemporary art in India but also be a platform for social change. In addition, the Kochi Biennale Foundation sees it as its mission to function as a catalyst for subjects such as sustainability and urban development.
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