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KOCHIMUZIRIS BIENNALE 2016-17 WANDERERS – EXPLORERS

20/04/2017


For those  who wander to find out the stories from the past, the streets of Fort Kochi is exactly the place. As you walk down the lane, the eras will be reflected in the structures, the elements, paintings, frames , smell of the spices , narrow colourful streets and lots more.

Rightly found by the contemporary artists who showcased their exhibits at Fort Kochi which itself is an exhibition, exhibiting Dutch-Portugese-Jewish–British architectural styles with the flavor of age old local spices.

Kochi Muziris Biennale 2016 was an experience as worthy as its exhibits , which welcomes artists and visitors from all over the world.

The amalgamation of old heritage structures giving space to futuristic contemporary , arts, exhibits, paintings, audio-visuals, story telling, which expresses the depths,

emotions and stories the artists have.

Aspin Wall is one such structure done in the British era exhibiting all such installations. Amazed by the installations such as –

•Defile – deseased people photography by Tatiana Arzamassua from Russia
•12 Stories (of the 12 progeny)- Expressing through a huge mural painting stories of ParayiPettePanthirukulam done by  P K Sudanandan
•One of the most adventerous expression of tragedy could happen ‘IN THE SEA OF PAIN’ where you will not know the pain  until you reach the other side expressed by Raul Zuita from Chile (Syrian Refugee Crisis)
•Theatre installation done by AnamikaHaksar from New Delhi.
•Famous Paper Bathroom set by Dia Mehta from Mumbai.
•The silent screams of the Egyptian era will leave you speechless in ‘The Pyramid Of Exile.’’

CABRAL YARD

Another major venue of the Kochi Muziris Biennale’16 was the Cabral yard which was host to a variety of events like poetry recitations by famed poets and performances of varied kind and Shell pavillion at the map project area, a prototype for  full fledged sports pavilion. The pavilion at the Cabral yard sports a rugged and rustic facade , inside of which is an amphitheater space  with a seating capacity of 300 people at a time. The 4157 sq.ft structure was constructed using recycled rubble and discarded materials from Fort Kochi, conveying the unequivocal message of the extent to which the three R’s of environment can be put to use.

The streets of Matancherry will provoke you to unwind the past and fall into a conversation revealing the discovery of the land, every structure opening windows to the sea .

Sitting on the edge, looking at the massy sailing ships , imagining that trade was not only limited to the goods but the culture.

The Dutch Palace enshrining the Krishna Temple within the compound shows a unique significant Indo Sarcenic  Architecture along the age old Diocese, The Saint Cruz Bacillica where the freshness of the Gothic Period can still be felt.

Edging the land, the remains of the Chinese culture finding new ways for fishing , the popular Chinese Fishing Nets  is a site itself to take  a glimpse of the harbour.

Matancherry is populated by people from various walks of life who have come and settled .It can be best explored on foot, that one can turn into any lane or enter any café as the mood takes you. Just walking through the Matancherry street was a treat itself enhanced by the Jew Town in its heart and other historical buildings. Also with a mention here is, lots of wall paintings that becomes a part of our story throughout the walk.

And finally, immensely calmning beach side , watching the suunset and street lights that we instantly fall in love with.

Not forgetting the new day church  by architect Vinu Daniel sited at Matancherry, is a renovated work which is modernized  in the way of  flowing arches and domes with all the essence of  early christian architecture.







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