Two-day expo on World War I at Fort Kochi

Sunday, Jan 3, 2016,15:27 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Kochi | To commemorate the centenary of World War I, an exhibition was organised by Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF) in association with Goethe Institute at Pepper House in Fort Kochi.

Syed Ibrahim, director of Goethe Zentrum, Thiruvananthapuram inaugurated the two-day event ‘digging deep, crossing far’ at Pepper House yesterday.

The exhibition is open for public today and tomorrow. The art works essay the details of the 1914-18 war and India’s role in it, courtesy works by four noted artists: Ayisha Abraham, Gilles Aubry, Sarnath Banerjee and Surekha, a KBF release said.

Photographs, sound installation, ‘scene portrays’ and image installations narrate the history on World War I and will comment on the role of Indians in it. Internationally acclaimed German artists Elke Falat and Julia Tieke curate the event.

According to the curators, though WW-I was fought mainly between European nations, the involvement of the British, French and other empires meant that soldiers and people of the colonies were actively involved in the war.

Over 10 lakh Indian members of the colonial army were employed during the war, with recorded fatalities of over 60,000, they said.