The Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014 – is art finally accessible?

This is a long, image-heavy post.

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014 – if you haven’t heard of it, please go check out the link and then come back. It is an exhibition for showcase of contemporary Indian and international art. The first edition of the biennale was held in 2012, and the second edition is happening right now so if you find yourself with a free couple of days, go check it out.

I got a chance to visit it last weekend – 2 days is not sufficient to cover it all but I managed to see all the venues, even though I was not able to check out the Artists’ Cinema or Students’ Biennale. This post covers, to a great extent, the installations which I really liked, some which I did not, and my general commentary. And side note – the cover image is not from inside the biennale, but graffiti art on the walls outside the venues by a wickedly talented anonymous group called Guess Who? Yeah right.

Well right off the bat, let me say I am enthusiastic about good typography, visual design and presentation in general. Their entire packaging, right from their website to hoardings to tickets was very well designed, with neat colours and clean typefaces.

This is the first time I’ve been to a contemporary art exhibition. I don’t know what that says about the kind of commentary I’m going to provide, but I’ll take some comfort in knowing  that half the crowd there would’ve been in the same boat as me.  We’ve heard and said enough jokes about ‘contemporary’ art that I’m pretty happy my experience out of the whole outcome was not ‘I did not understand a thing of what I just saw; the art must be really deep’ but rather a mixed bag of emotions about the utility of, and the different ways of creative expression.

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