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SETTING COURSE FOR THE CREATIVE

More than 200 young talents from 60 institutions spread across India participated in the ‘Students’ Biennale’ event, themed ‘Making as Thinking’, at the last full edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the celebrated exhibition of contemporary art. Held in Kochi in Kerala, the Biennale is among the biggest art exhibitions in Asia and is organised by the Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF). The Tata Trusts supported KBF in its effort to create a platform for young artists and curators to improve their skills and exhibit on the international stage. The Tata Trusts Students’ Biennale national and international awards provides these young artists with the opportunity to participate in month-long residencies and showcase their work in international art exhibitions. Captured here are images of the artworks crafted by the participants.

Bhikari Prasad, also from Kala Bhavana in Shantiniketan, used discarded wood sourced from his University’s stores to create a sprawling network of houses to represent the phenomenon of ‘connectedness’ and ‘co-dependency’.

Abhijith, a student from Raja Ravi Verma College of Fine Arts, Mavelikara, Kerala, creates informal portraits with terracotta of people from his past, fashioning them as per his memory of their voice, behaviour and interactions, and not their appearance.

‘We are also human beings’ — an installation comprising used plastic sacks, knivese, photographs, plaster of Paris, soil and glass — was created by the students of Raja Ravi Varma College of Fine Arts, Mavelikara, Kerala.

Aryavasu, an artist from Kurukshetra University, Haryana, combines two distinct elements — construction rods and eyeballs — in this work. The rods are symbolic of the growing urban landscape while the eyeballs represent all-pervasive surveillance.

‘Sanalleipak: A Glimpse’ — a multimedia installation made of ‘found’ objects, paintings on canvas and acrylic sheets, textiles, fishing nets, video projections, TV monitors and LED lights — was crafted by the students of Imphal Art College, Imphal, Manipur.

The installation by Rajesh Chacko, a student of Chamarajendra Government College of Visual Arts, Mysore, reflects abandonment. By wrapping discarded cloth around broken tree limbs, he created a vibrant walk-in environment for visitors to experience.