Art Quarter

To take part in the historic art jamboree, several students of fine arts have also joined the artists as assistants. Arun Vijayan, a young graduate in fine arts, has joined Portuguese artist Rigo 23 (Ricardo Gouveia), who is working on an installation. "Students and young artists are getting connected with several senior artists from across the globe. This exposure is really enriching," points out Vijayan.

What the biennale brings is not just paintings, but also installations, new media, performing art and sculptures. Indian sculptor Valsan Koorma Kollery is working on a sculpture that will exploit the potential of air and copper wire. The wire has been pleated in different shapes, infusing a particular rhythm. "In clay, you can see only an outer rhythm. In this sculpture of air and wire, one can see all the different layers," says Kollery. The artist uses a wide range of material including coconut husk, ant molls, fallen leaves and broken umbrellas to exploit their creative potential. On the other hand, Polish graffiti artist Stanislaw Szumski is engaged with walls at Fort Kochi streets.

As the name indicates, the first edition of the biennale has been given a historical touch by linking it with Muziris, an ancient port town 50 km away from Kochi, which is believed to have perished in the floods of 1341 AD.

According to the biennale co-ordinator Riyaz Komu, Muziris has given a new depth to the carnival. "Kochi-Muziris Biennale is going to be a catalyst in our culture. The event is going to be a celebration of culture and colours. The local communities as well as the participating artists would get an opportunity to learn about contemporary art. It is not just about art, but about modern literature and films also," said Komu.

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