The BRICS project, an exhibition of video installations from the BRICS countries and Germany, began at the Aspinwall House in Fort Kochi as part of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale on Thursday.
The special exhibit includes eight video installations from Brazil, Russia, China, South Africa and Germany.
The BRICS group started out as an alliance of ambitious countries that challenged the economic and political supremacy of the West. Through the BRICS project, the curators of the exhibit hope to achieve something similar in art.
The video installations also reflect changing social dynamics that the pace of industrialisation brought about in these countries. The video art titled ‘Revolution’ by Gao Shiqiang of China has several characters discussing the various interests that enter relationships in a capitalist system.
The project is curated by Alfons Hug, critic and director of the Goethe-Institute in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The juxtaposition of videos itself perhaps offers a commentary on themes of growth. In one room, on two walls, different videos are being projected.
The first, a video by Brazilian artist Pablo Lobato shows the physical activity of a group of people getting together to form a human pyramid. The second video, by Chen Chieh-Jen called ‘Pushing People,’ also shows strenuous physical exercise, but all we see are grimy, frail hands and shoulders pushing a metal plane together in a dark room.
The exhibit also seeks to find the values that the large population of the BRICS countries has to offer to the new modern world.