Women to Watch at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016

3 years ago

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale is India’s first biennale for contemporary art. Held in Kochi, Kerala, the Biennale seeks to call upon the mythical port of Muziris while acknowledging the modern metropolis of Kochi. This juxtaposition makes the Biennale unique. With artists displaying works from performance art to mixed media, we wanted to put the spotlight on the works of three brilliant women showing at the Biennale.

Remen Chopra
Chopra’s imagery is drawn from her own experiences with a strong element of drama linking these works together. She creates multi-layered works in mixed media that shift between the real and imagined.

 “The sculptural installation for the Kochi Biennale takes it starting point from a personal history of an old Persian carpet which has been passed on from mother to daughter over four generations. Identifying this precious heirloom as a symbol of memory and time, I use its rich symbolism to create a sculptural landscape, which transforms into the undulating shapes of an imaginary landscape with mountains and rivers. These semi – abstract forms are layered to resemble traces of a family genealogy, connecting the imagined to the real.”

Dia Mehta Bhupal

Bhupal is a photographer who uses real life spaces as the foundation for her life-size installations. She creates these sets by rolling up magazine paper into tiny tubes and then attaching them together. This meticulous process results in an almost otherworldly aura around every day subjects.

“The recent series of constructed images, reflect the contemporary status of imagery and hidden structures of meaning in the mundane. The images do not simply depict the world around us but actively participate in its construction. I am incredibly excited to be displaying four photographic prints and my life size construction for the first time.”

Naiza Khan

Behind Naiza Khan’s work is Karachi. A place affected by natural disasters, political turmoil, urban migration and religious struggles. Through her work, Khan explores concepts of movement and boundaries in media like paint, sculpture, wall drawings and video.

“My current body of work has emerged from a long engagement with Manora, an island in Karachi harbour. I have used my extensive collection of images and objects from the island to produce work that explores the relationships between landscape and history. The Journey We Never Made highlights the collaborative nature of creative production in South Asia, where the process of making can pass through many hands.”

The Kochi Muziris Biennale is on from 12th December 2016 to 31st March 2017