Nostalgic bricks

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Jul 17 2016

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Category: Asia, India

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It is amazing that precisely the work of one of the youngest participants of the Kochi Biennale 2014 evokes memories, images and emotions in me of the Kerala that I know of 40 years ago.

DSC00405 Kochi Biennale 2014- Unnikrishnan C

Unnikrishnan C, born in 1991 in a family of basket weavers in Kerala, started painting the bricks of his parental village house at an early age. Each brick became a small painting in which he depicted common objects, utensils and sights from his home and village. The fact that these images evoke my own mental pictures of Kerala suggests that rural life apparently has preserved a good part of its traditional character, but also that the artist had already developed a sensitive eye for his surroundings when still a child.

DSC00407 Kochi Biennale 2014- Unnikrishnan C

DSC00408 Kochi Biennale 2014- Unnikrishnan C

I am grateful to him for his brick paintings. They are a valuable collection of little gems that call up the Kerala that is dear to me.

Photos of the week: Untitled (2014), details, oil and acrylic paint on terracotta bricks, by Unnikrishnan C at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kerala, India 2014

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