The students and faculty of Boston-based Massachusetts College of Art and Design in the United States recently visited the third edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB). The visit aimed at exploring the possibilities of crossovers between different art disciplines. The visiting faculty members and students were taken for a tour of Aspinwall House, the primary venue for the event. Before the visit, KMB co-founder Bose Krishnamachari briefed the 17 member group about the Biennale and Sudarshan Shetty’s curatorial vision.
According to reports in Press Trust of India, Megan Nash, a student of illustration found the artworks on display were heavy on concepts. She alos said that the conceptual artworks forced her to think about the difference in art practice in her institute and the Biennale. In a KMB release Megan was quoted as saying , “I will attempt to incorporate different media into my works and move forward with a new perspective. The visit has enlightened the artist in me.”
Jonathan Koppel, another student specializing in sculpting, said the art being showcased at the biennale moved him. He also said that it was interesting to see the art transforming spaces in the city.
Andrew Grimanis, an Art history student also commented on the relationship between art and space. He said that it was overwhelming to see how space reflected art and this what he would focus on after getting back to Boston.
Prof Lois Hetland, a faculty member at the college, said that it was heartwarming to see the many art education, outreach and community engagement initiatives undertaken by the Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF). He said, “In Boston, we carry a lot of outreach initiatives for different age groups. I was delighted to see that the KBF is also carrying out engagement programmes along similar lines and in a more efficient way. The results of these programmes are evident in the huge public participation and turnouts at the Biennale.”
Some of the visiting students also toured the Students’ Biennale which is in the second edition of the KBF’s flagship art education programmes. The Students’ Biennale is running parallel to the KMB and is showcasing the artworks of 465 art students from 55 different art schools across India.