Shriya Saran applauds Kochi Biennale for its global reach

Shriya with Bose Krishnamachari

The movie shows by artists have begun at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. Tamil actress Shriya Saran, who attended, noted that the Biennale was a perfect platform to interact with the world. She enjoyed the works of artists Shambhavi Singh and Valie Export.

Documentaries and feature films will be shown till the closure of Biennale which is on March 29. The screening is at the pavilion at Cabral Yard, near to the primary venue of Biennale, The Aspinwall House.

The movie shows were inaugurated by the debut film of Anamika Haksar, the well-known theatre artist behind ‘Khode ko Jalebi Khilane Le Jaa Riya hoon’.

Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, the director and CEO of Biennale of Sidney, said the Kochi Biennale helped in the analysis of the colonial history of both India and Australia simultaneously. “The remnants and the consequences of Colonialism is vividly portrayed in Biennale, she observed.

“Biennale intensifies our thinking”, remarked Andre Aranha Correia do Lago, the elected Statesman of Brazil, who is also an art historian and curator.

The installation by the African artist, Sue Williamson named ‘Message from the Atlantic Passage’, which had slave trade as its theme, influenced Andre the most. He noted that he was happy to see an art work by a Brazilian artist -- Vivian Caccuri -- at the event.

Caccuri's work based on the adversities of colonisation was presented through the buzzing of mosquitos.

Senior journalist and writer Anitha Prathap noted that Kochi Biennale has met the global standards in its execution.

The fourth edition of the Biennale, an exhibition of contemporary art, started on December 12. The first weekend witnessed art enthusiasts making a beeline to every stage. Film stars, diplomats and artists from in and out of India has come under the same roof to appreciate the world of arts built by Kochi for them.

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