To the Director of the Biennale

Bose Krishnamachari,
Director of the Kochi Muziris Biennale

Kochi, 19 February 2019

Dear Bose Krishnamachari, Namaste!

I’ve been in Fort Kochi for the past month and I really enjoy the tranquility of the city, the friendliness of the people, the many interesting people I meet here because of the biennale and, of course, the many interesting pieces of art I get to see at the biennale. Thank you so much for that!

Having read Anita Dube’s statement for the biennale before I came here, in particular her poetic description of a place where we can dance and sing and share a dream together and her reference to the radical French thinker Guy Debord, I had, however, imagined that the biennale would be somewhat different: that it would take place in the streets of the city – those streets being car-free for the occasion – and would engage directly with the people living here.

I know there are many difficulties associated with such an approach, but I also know that it’s not impossible to do and that it offers many possibilities for the city, the citizens and the biennale itself.

Yours sincerely

Henrik

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