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.