Kochi Biennale: Here’s an ‘IDAM’ for Kerala's own contemporary arts

'Idam' exhibition
'Idam' is meant exclusively for Malayali artists. Photo: Onmanorama Staff

Kochi: As part of the 5th edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale, an 'Idam' for the exhibition of contemporary works of art began at Ernakulam Durbar Art Gallery on Wednesday. A notable addition introduced as part of the 10th anniversary of Biennale, 'Idam' is meant exclusively for Malayali artists.

Conceptualized by well-known artists and curators Jiji Scaria, Radha Gomathy and P S Jalaja, 'Idam' exhibition consists of 200 works of art created by 34 contemporary artists, including 16 women artists. The exhibition gives space for installations that use modern possibilities, including multimedia, sculptures of differing aspects, and paintings and photographs arranged in varying order.  

Artists and curators Jiji Scaria, Radha Gomathy and P S Jalaja at the exhibition

“Artists have the capability to overcome personal sufferings and transform their experiences through art to different creations which can be witnessed in 'Idam',” said P S Jalaja, curator. "A diverse range of artists who have overcome, or are fighting to overcome, various social, political and personal challenges are taking part in the exhibition. I feel this is the merit of Idam. When constant setbacks transform into survival, it gifts something beautiful through art."

Kerala artists come out with works having contemporary international appeal, which 'Idam' makes evident, said Jiji Scaria. In a kaleidoscope, coloured pieces of glasses become amazing visual treats and  'Idam' is simply like that, said Radha Gomathi.

 At the inauguration of the exhibition, Biennale Foundation president Bose Krishnamachari, Kerala Lalithakala Akademi chairperson Murali Cheeroth and secretary Balamuralikrishnan honored the curators. The exhibition will continue till curtains fall on the Biennale on April 10, 2023.

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