Art For Our Sake
Now more than ever, there is a need to reclaim the space available for art to reflect the politics in our lives. The fifth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale does just that.
Artist and curator Sudarshan Shetty introduces his curation 'Who is Asleep Who is Awake' that was on display at the Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa last year.
Acclaimed Iranian director Jafar Panahi blurs the lines between documentary and fiction
Through his large-size paintings, Abir Karmakar attempts to look beyond the immediate—perhaps in search of the meaning that transcends real/fiction binary
The stunning 15-minute short film Warsha by Lebanese filmmaker Dania Bdier, a Sundance prizewinner and festival favourite since its release in 2022, explores the lives of Syrians in Lebanon and the ravages of war.
Cambodian filmmaker Kavich Neang’s short film 'Three Wheels' explores the trauma of forced marriages during the Khmer Rouge
There are no actors or dialogues. Simply through the metaphors of texts and images, Tanushree Das manages to leave the audience aching for loved ones in her short film 'For You and Me'
Showcased at the Serendipity Arts Festival 2022 in Goa, 'Money Opera' is a commentary on the fate of dreams in a society abandoned by the wealthy one percent
A contemporary parable of a mathematician’s experiments with truth
In her artwork, Ukrainian artist Zhanna Kadyrova arranges stones collected from riverbeds to make them look like loaves of Palianytsia—welcome bread savoured in her country. These bread-shaped river stones are a symbol of identity and resistance in a war-torn nation
Cities are preserved in prose and poetry, in stone and masonry, in statistics and data, in images and memories. Artist Seher Shah preserves a city in a memoriography made of screen prints
Nepal-based artist Mekh Limbu feels that while it is important to talk about suffering and suppression, conversations around the process of healing are equally important. Through his paintings, which depict dream sequences, he is striving to preserve Adivasi tradition and languages
Australian artist Richard Bell maps the spirit of the aboriginal resistance by setting up a tent at Aspinwall House in Kochi. Named the ‘Aboriginal Embassy’, the tent is a symbol of neglect, dispossession and resistance
Through his artwork ‘Day Zero’, Pranay Dutta shares his anxieties on the impact of climate change and wars on humans
In his project ‘A Peal of Spring Thunder’, photojournalist Ishan Tankha has captured the conflict in Chhattisgarh in captivating and compelling images
An Egyptian-Jordanian artist duo’s research work on giving voice to writers outside the margins, currently on display at the Kochi-Muziris biennale, questions the limits of publishing
Artist Jithinlal opens up about his art, his politics and the ways in which his identity has shaped his artistic practice.
The Nepal Picture Library showcases photos of women from that country, both ordinary and celebrated, so that history doesn’t forget them
Be it with his kinetic installations that vibrate on a closer look or the multi-media installations that foreground caste hierarchies, Mumbai-grown artist and archivist Amol K Patil is making waves in the art world
Archana Hande’s installation ‘My Kottige’ is her innovative take on urbanisation and changing times. In her artwork, she has arranged discarded things as a witness of their time and space
Premjish Achari writes a column on the relevance of art festivals in the 21st century
There is an urgent need for reconciliation between the majority and minority communities in Kashmir if there is to be lasting peace in the Valley.
The Kochi-Muziris Biennale and its foundation are plagued with problems at every level. The show must go on but not without significant changes made to address its many issues