MESSAGE FROM INDIA
THE KOCHI-MUZIRIS BIENNALE
This is the second go round for the Kochi Biennale (officially the Kochi-Muziris Biennale but I’ve never heard anyone use the full, official name) the original and in my view, better event two years ago – thus the term “biennale” meaning “every other year" just in case this fact slipped your mind as terms like these so often do in mine - and this year's which, as pointed out by my partner, is much better organized. And he’s right. It is. The two founders of the original Kochi Biennale hired a curator this time around. But for me this years’ show although very professional – and, indeed, better organized – has lost some of the spontaneity and “outsiderness” that lent a quirky, helter-skelterness to the first effort.
Be that as it may, the Kochi Biennale continues to attract tourists from Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East as one of the exhibits where you take a pin and stick it in your home country on a map of the world reveals. Oh, Australia and New Zealand too. Fort Kochi is chock full of those giant, white, air-conditioned and all sealed up tour busses. With 94 artists from 30 countries spread across eight major venues and any number of “partner venues” there is plenty of art for everyone – including a dynamite Students’ Biennale show – and every taste in this year’s “Whorled Explorations.”