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Students’ Project Goes To London
The works are largely reflections of ideas produced in the two locations: KMB ’14 and the Tate | by Yentha
On Feb 11, 2015

 

Kochi: Tate London is the most visited art gallery in the world. Starting February 25, a student project on the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014 will be exhibiting there for a month.

‘Dialogic Assemblages’ by Bangalore’s Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, is a project which records the response to the biennale as it was coming together in November. The project opened at Fort Kochi’s Artry gallery as a KMB 2014 collateral and is on till February 18. It will be exhibited at Tate London for a month starting February 25.

“It is hard to have a vision that is contemporary, appeals to the youth and is also market-driven, and this is what sets apart the KMB,” said Geetha Narayanan, founder-director of Srishti. Praising the KMB 2014 she told, “The biennale foundation is keen on education and a project such as this builds deeper participation with students. It is very important and special to have this venue.”

The project was curated by Srishti’s dean of contemporary art and curatorial practice Meena Vari consists of video and photo works of 20 students produced over a month.

“Seeing something like the KMB ’14, with some of the biggest Indian and international names, is a dream,” said Vari, whose husband artist Vivek Vilasini exhibited at the first biennale. She added, “It is fantastic in terms of content and like something you would only get to see in books.”

The works are largely reflections of ideas produced in the two locations: KMB ’14 and the Tate. So while a Srishti student made a record of being a wildlife adventurer discovering works uncovering at the biennale, a CSM student played a detective at the Tate. There are photos of the behind-the-scenes workers of the biennale, and a text-based work on what art and the biennale means.


 

“We hope to have a couple more collateral shows with the biennale before it ends on March 29. The biennale has infused an energy in artists, the local people and in the region. We were inspired to bring our Dubai-based gallery to Kochi thanks to KMB ’14.” said Syam Manohar, a partner at Artry gallery, which was started by old students from the Thiruvananthapuram Fine Arts College.

The students worked on the project in an exchange between students at London’s premier art institute Central St Martins (CSM) and the Tate. This work was done under the guidance of artists Meera Curam and Michelle Williams Gamaker, a UK performer and documentary artist who works around the world.

 
 
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