Global dust

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Jun 26 2016

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Category: Asia, India

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One of the attractions for me to revisit Kerala after many, many years, was the international modern art biennale in Kochi of which the second edition took place in 2014/15. Another attraction was the International Film Festival of Kerala which, in 2014, was organized already for the 19th time in the State capital.
My good old Kerala, hosting exciting international events in film and the arts, two of my great passions! Next to Cannes or Berlin, Kassel or Venice, we now have Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi!

At the Kochi Biennale the young Swiss artist Julian Charrière had an installation of which the Exhibition Guide notes: “Leftover mineral samples [from all over the world used in an earlier project] were used to make ‘international sandpaper’, with which the artist scraped the surfaces of 13 found globes manufactured between 1890 and 2011, creating smooth spheres shorn of all markings. Charrière’s installation at the biennale, We Are All Astronauts (2013), consists of these globes hung over a table on which are scattered the sandpapered remnants of their surfaces.”

Globes and dust, not whirling around in an endless, dark universe, but quietly hanging and lying in the space of a bright, white room.
As for me, the inclusion in the picture of one corner of the room, with its flat, white walls and the visible piece of flooring, ‘make’ and reveal the work of art more than the complete installation does.

Photo of the week: “We Are All Astronauts” (detail), 2013, by Julian Charrière at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kerala, India 2014

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