The ‘art car’ project of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale is expected to be completed at its main venue on Sunday. Accompanying artist Bose Krishnamachari in making art out of a white Tata Nano car will be renowned cinematographer Santosh Sivan with his camera and artiste Karuna Moorthy with his tavil.
Biennale co-curator Krishnamachari will hand-paint the car, which will later be auctioned to raise funds for the event. Cinematographer Santosh Sivan will film Krishnamachari’s attempt at making the car a canvas for his artwork. “Santosh and I walked around the biennale today and we had a long chat. He has worked with artists like M.F. Husain. I give him all freedom,” said Krishnamachari.
Krishnamachari’s work on the car will also be a part of his series ‘Stretched Bodies.’ Artwork on the car would be an “exciting challenge and unique surface” to work, he said. Young artiste Karuna Moorthy’s tavil will lend its beats to the art car project. Moorthy has performed in various concerts in India and abroad.
The car will be auctioned in the first week of March in the city to raise funds for the cash-strapped biennale. “We are seriously in need of funds for the biennale. We are also looking at a crowd-funding website as part of our fundraising,” said Krishnamachari.
This will be the first time a major contemporary Indian artist has worked with a car as a medium: combining abstract painting on a sculptural form such as a car, according to Shwetal Patel, executive officer of the biennale.