galleries in town come to life with exhibitions | Kochi News

Kochi: The 2020 edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, which the city missed due to the Covid-19 situation, will start in December this year.
Indeed, even before the start of the biennale, the artistic arena of Cochin is experiencing a revival. Closed art galleries are resuming their usual routine of hosting exhibitions.
“We recently organized a series of art exhibitions. We have reservations until November this year. We have to hand over David Hall for the biennale by November 15,” said Aby Koshy, director of David Hall in Fort Kochi.
“We are not able to accommodate all art exhibitions. We select works for display in our art galleries using a set of criteria,” Koshy said.
Artists whose careers have been hit hard by the pandemic are eager to get back to work. “All the art galleries have been closed for almost two years. Thus, artists were also reluctant to do much work during the period. Now the situation is changing for the better,” said TR Suresh, an artist. “In June, we held an exhibition where 33 student artists from the Prussian Blue Art Hub, Kochi exhibited their works. It received a good response from art lovers. About 8,000 art lovers visited the nine-day exhibition held at David Hall. It was one of the highest turnouts in recent times at David Hall. No fewer than 20 photos were sold,” he said.
“Durbar Hall in Ernakulam and David Hall Fort Kochi, the two major art galleries in the city, have been booked for almost a year. So we decided to conduct our next exhibition at Chitrakala Parishat Art Gallery in Bengaluru,” Suresh said.
In Maradu, Utopian dystopia, an eight-day festival of art, design and technology, kicks off July 2. “About 400 artists will exhibit their works during the event. There would also be 22 installations and 25 performances,” said Adil Latheef, marketing director of Utopian Dystopia, a collective of young entrepreneurs in the fields of art, technology and fashion which organizes the event.
The Njattuvela Festival, a festival of art, culture and folklore, organized under the joint auspices of Moozhikkulam Shala and Changampuzha Samskarika Kendram at Changampuzha Park in Edappally, also provides a platform for art exhibitions and installations. The festival which started on June 30 will continue until July 6.
The biennial, which is due to start on December 12, 2022, is expected to give a big boost to the art sector in Kochi. “The artists will have a real boost once the biennale has started. Although art lovers have started to flock to Kochi, these are mostly domestic visitors. Art lovers from all over the world will flock to Kochi once the Biennale kicks off,” said Bony Thomasfounding director of the Kochi Biennale Foundation.

James C. Tibbs