‘Biennale reflects changing Indian art scene in a decade’

As part of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, artists from the Brushman’s School of Arts in Kannur have come up with a 3-D image of a winding canal that is flummoxing passersby at the Fort Kochi beach.  

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale reflects the paradigm shift that has happened in India’s art scene over the last few decades, said Karthyayani G. Menon, director of Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai.

“Since 1985, there has been a massive change in the Indian art. Of that, the last one decade has been revolutionary. The biennale tells it all,” said Ms. Menon, who visited Aspinwall House, the main venue of the Biennale, on Saturday. She has been associated with the gallery for 46 years.

Kerala — unlike Mumbai, Baroda or Kolkata — had not been in the forefront in encouraging artists and giving them good platforms, she said. “I hope the biennale would mark a change to that situation,” she was quoted as saying in a communication from the biennale organisers.

Meanwhile, a 3D painting was etched on the ground by the sea at Fort Kochi by an eight-member team of artists from an institute in Kannur.

M.C. Sreejith, who heads the Brushman’s School of Arts, took roughly 24 hours to complete the work at Vasco da Gama Square along with seven of his students, according to the organisers.

“A smooth surface and ideal ambience are essential for the 3D effect of such images,”

Sreejith said. He had done a similar work recently at the Town Square in Kannur. “We basically came here to see the biennale. And got inspired to take part in it,” he said.

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