Not to avoid the pandemic, the Students Biennale organized by the Kochi Biennale Foundation has given the material in the form of an online exhibition.
The website went live on Saturday and hosted 45 art projects by students from institutions across the country. A total of 315 artists are individually or collectively part of the exhibition.
The projects that form part of the online exhibition are organized in five viewing rooms available as separate tabs on the website – Annals: A Repository, Writing on the Wall, Urban Diaries, Trouble Trines and With Grace, The Need Pierce . The exhibition as a whole is called the State of Disarray: Practice for Restoration, and is “a response of unimaginable proportions to an environmental and social crisis.”
Some of the exhibits include works of art on paper or canvas, charcoal, ink or pastels, terracotta and clay sculptures, wood-cut prints and glass bottles. Others fall within the realm of digital art, some with web-based interactive performances and videos. The leading process for some demonstrations is also on the website in the form of videos. A project presents a graphic novel of its kind, with a soundtrack.
The students had five curators in Benale – Adip Dutta, Archana Hande, Mano Vayalor, Suresh. Nair, and Vasudha Thozur – who put the show together through workshops and discussions with participating artists.
Artist Manoj Vaylor wrote in his curatorial note: “These young artists react to and react to the recent incidents of nationwide protest against discriminatory laws, crying out against injustice over the helpless population of Dalits for many centuries, remembering this Explains the exploitation of geography and its consequences, and exposes the inequalities that still prevail in the subcontinent. “
The online platform allows students to have a wider audience around the world, not just visiting the physical space that Archana Hande writes in her curatorial note.
The exhibition will be available online for three months: https://studentsbiennale.online/