When it was time to celebrate New year’s, for the last three years, instead of saying ‘let’s party’ we started saying ‘let’s travel’. This intention has been very rewarding and has inspired and energized us. So, in December 2016 when several ideas were being proposed, one evening Mahesh talked about the Kochi Biennale. A last-minute rush followed and we landed in Kochi just in time to welcome 2017.
For all those who love the idea of travel for new experiences and exploring different cultures, we want to say – visiting the Kochi-Muziris Biennale is a thought-provoking experience and a king-sized portion of inspiration is assured!
10 minutes after entry, while we gushed in excitement, we ran into an elderly gentleman who sincerely asked, “what is the purpose of all this?”
What is a Biennale?
Quick introduction for the many friends who asked. Biennale (pronounced bi.enˈnaːle) is Italian for “biennial” or “every other year”, is any event that happens every two years. Within the art world, it is used to describe large-scale international contemporary art exhibitions and for artistic events like Film, Music and Architecture festivals.
Overview of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016
The 3rd edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale features art, literature, poetry, theatre, performing arts, music, cinema, sculpture, video and audio installations. A total of 97 artists, writers and poets from 31 countries are here this year. The 2016 edition is curated by artist Sudarshan Shetty. The Biennale theme is: Forming in the Pupil of the Eye. You can view his video here.
Inspiration List from the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016
A ‘Reason List’ is not needed for something that will trigger your imagination. But for us, putting this list down was a great way to understand what we appreciate the most.
Reason to Visit #1: Atmosphere and Interesting Audience
Reason to Visit #2: Mega Event
Reason to Visit #3: Not just an Art Gallery
As you walk through heritage buildings and imposing warehouses you smell the distant past and the history they must hold in their walls. They not only house the art but end up becoming a work of art themselves.
Reason to Visit #4: Historic Locations
Reason to Visit #5: Sights and sounds of a heritage district
The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. – Pablo Piccasso
Hope this convinces you to pack your bags and head out to Kochi and the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016. Or visit a contemporary art event to check it’s vibe. We are eager to know how you feel about art shows or events you visited? Or the reasons why you don’t visit any?