I am 13 and I went to the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016

Today, let me tell you about the Kochi trip from my perspective. One thing to know about me, I’m a bit different from my parents. For starters, my birthday is in July while mum and dad’s are in August. Also, I’m not really the guy who gets art. I’m, this is true, more of a math and science person.

I imagined it to be – “I’ll just stay in a corner and play games on my mobile”.

Initially, I was not at all excited about the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. I had requested my parents to keep more time away from the Biennale to explore places I had extensively researched in Kochi. While we did go to other places (which I am still thankful for); I wasn’t that much into ‘being in the art’. For comparison, here’s how I imagined it to be- “I’ll just stay in a corner and play games on my mobile”.


What happened was not that I completely got everything but it was still a big change. I actually got the point of a few exhibits. Although I was mostly at one exhibit, it was enjoyable. For example, at the Go Playces exhibit, I understood the idea of letting me shape the art. I somehow enjoyed it far more than I expected.

On the other hand, a few of the places I had researched, like the Kashi Art Café and the Jewish Synagogue didn’t live up to my expectations. I had completely overlooked some good places to eat straight opposite the café which at that time I had dismissed as insignificant but later turned out to be authentic.


Go Playces by Orijit Sen, Graphic Artist, India. At The Kochi Muziris Biennale 2016
Go Playces by Orijit Sen, Graphic Artist, India. One of the most popular exhibits at the Kochi Muziris Biennale, it takes you to three historic places in India – Mapusa market in Goa, The Grand Trunk road in Punjab and Hyderabad’s old city.


Go Playces exhibit at the Kochi Muziris Biennale 2016
Scenes from Go Playces by Orijit Sen. This was the one that absorbed Dhruv completely. Finally, art which does not have a ‘DO NOT TOUCH’ sign! Since we had visited Hyderabad earlier and had explored the old city at length, he was excited to be reminded of that experience. This exhibit changed his view about the biennale.


In the end, I would like to say- “Not everything one thinks is uninteresting isn’t enjoyable and not everything one thinks is exciting is enjoyable.”

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