Kochi Biennale 2014-2015 – A surge of culture and art in India
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We came already 2 years ago for the first Biennale edition and we almost missed it this year. So that’s during the last week-end of the Biennale 2014 (which lasted until march 2015) that we had the opportunity to go, surrounded by a crowd of curious and enthousiastic people, who came to enjoy the last hours of the event.
Once again, we really appreciated our stay in Fort Kochi during the biennale. Of course, the quality of the work was not equal : some were done by internationnally known artists (like Anish Kapoor), some were students work… Some were surprising, some were very interesting, and some were more boring (not the majority at all)… But anyway, it’s always delightful to wonder in these magnificient old buildings, which are usally closed to visitors. Also, Kochi, already a charming place is morphing into a heaven of peace dedicated to art during those 3 months and that’s the perfect time to come again to this colonial city.
Next to the main venues, other exhibitions were hold. For example, we have dreamt in front of wonderful old maps of India in the Ginger House, which described perfectly India colonial history.
We were also very surprised by the enthousiasm of the locals around the event. Even if it was the last week-end, many people came (maybe helped by the very cheap tickets) to see work from local and international artists.
We have to admit that, being in Bangalore, we’re completely out of the artistic scene (on the contrary, in Paris, we were literally watered with cultural life), because the offer is limited and because we do not make the necessary efforts to take advantage of it….
So finally it was also a nice discovery of the artist-bobo indian world, something we don’t really experience in Bangalore, which is more likely to attract people from the geek world 🙂