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3rd edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale begins Dec 12
 
Comprises works by artists from either side of the Arabian Sea3rd edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale begins Dec 12

An ambitious collaborative project, comprising works by artists from either side of Arabian Sea, will make its first run in parallel with the upcoming third edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale, starting on December 12. 'Trans-Indian Ocean Artists Exchange', an initiative by Kochi Biennale Foundation and Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, and Dutch artist and curator Mo Reda, aims to build on historical forms of traffic between Kerala and West Asia and explore possibilities of developing new forms of exchange based on contemporary art and culture.

Emirati artists finishing residency at Pepper House3rd edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale begins Dec 12


As part of the four-phase project, Emirati artists Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim and Mohammed Kazem are now finishing a two-month residency at Pepper House, Fort Kochi. This will culminate in a display of their works at Pepper House Residency Exhibition, to run in concurrence with KMB 2016. "Each city, each place has its own feel, its own atmosphere. Being in residency in Kochi has put me in touch with the spirit and materials of the city. I feel like I have struck a friendship with Kochi. This will be reflected in my work, which will be built of paper and rock," said Ibrahim, a pioneering artist, whose work has been exhibited across the world, including in Venice, Bonn, Havana, Cairo and Moscow.

Chance to interact with various elements of Kochi's social life3rd edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale begins Dec 12


Kazem said working in residency here has been a chance to interact with various elements of Kochi’s social life, movement of its people and its natural environment. "Both my art practise and project captures these elements and gives them visual context," said Kazem, who will show both an installation and photographs in December s exhibition. Kazem, who co-curated the 2007 Sharjah Biennale, has presented his work in Venice, Singapore, Dubai and Beijing. In early 2017, two Indian artists to be selected from respondents to an open call that will be issued next week will make the return journey to Sharjah to work in residence at Maraya Art Centre.

Research of historical ties, current realities & future possibilities3rd edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale begins Dec 12


The artists will research historical ties, current realities and future possibilities while looking back at centuries-long economical and cultural involvement between the two regions. The works of all four artists will then be shown at exhibitions independently curated by Reda. "Being in residency while implementing a project naturally stimulates the exchange of ideas and knowledge. The artists do their own research, exploration and have their moments of serendipity," said Reda, who is working with the philosophical theme of 'Solipsism' for the Kochi exhibition. On expectations for the project, KBF Secretary Riyas Komu said the existing narrative is primarily shaped by Kerala sending manpower to the Gulf and receiving capital in return. "In this initiative, we are looking to see how the situation plays out when the exchange involves artists and the economic imperative is intercepted by an aesthetic imperative," he said.

 
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