Woodcut prints by Dennis Muraguri – a Kenyan artist, depicting the matatus – privately owned buses that serve as the primary mode of transportation for the people in Kenya. The buses are mass-produced, but each matatu is modified to be made special and unique; re-painted and fitted with music to attract and amuse the passengers. Hence it is representation of the culture where common is tailored to stand out as one of a kind.
And here’s the MDF board with the markings of the above print 👇
From Kenya back to India, once again the humble bus takes the centre stage in the exhibit called Oorali Express, the name of a local musical band. The title is the name of their bus that has been modified as a tour vehicle and a performance stage. A contemporary band performing an amalgamation of acts such as music, theatre, art and conversations with their audiences; their songs speak about the current realities of the world. And they are available for bookings !
And where is this exhibition ? At the only biennale being held in the country; at Kochi, Kerala. There was an initial concern whether we will have the exhibition this year because of the unprecedented havoc caused by flooding in Kerala in Aug 18; but it’s on in full swing at Kochi.
Our guide was a lady named Karisma from Manipur, a state in north-east India. The main venue is as always the beautiful and historic Aspinwall House at Fort Kochi.
Have attended the biennale in 2016 also, the post Kochi Muziris Biennale 2018: A prelude has the details. Here are a few more reflections from the event this year.
The artist Chandan Gomes from New Delhi, India has some interesting exhibits – everyday, uncanny were the last two adjectives on his written portrait.
His photographs like the one below – are intended to trigger memories and feelings as opposed to the view that photos record memories.
The Pepper House, another historical building nearby is a venue.
And here we have exhibit by Vivian Caccuri providing a narrative on mosquitoes with light and sound effects; we blame them for so many ills, maybe all was not their fault !?
An outdoor exhibit by Temsuyanger Longkumer, called Catch a Rainbow.
From Indonesia, a mechanical exhibit by Heri Dono.
There are many more exhibits to see and much more to read; it’s a treat. If you have time, do visit !!
Till next post, take care.