Recently, unprecedented floods in many parts of Kerala have devastated the landscape – destroying homes and livelihoods, displacing thousands, and taking many lives. These are the worst floods the state has seen in the last century. Kochi Biennale Foundation urges material and monetary donations from any who are able.
The Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund is a targeted effort by the Government of Kerala to provide immediate assistance to those affected by the disaster. Along with the distribution of basic goods and immediate care, the Fund also will work to rebuild damaged infrastructure all over the state.
ART RISES FOR KERALA
INTERNATIONAL ART AUCTION
Kochi Biennale Foundation announces ARK (Art Rises for Kerala), an effort to bring together the Indian and international community to aid Kerala in its time of need. The first phase of ARK was a major auction of modern and contemporary art, held on January 18, 2019. The auction, featuring a wide range of modern and contemporary work, saw all its lots sold, with a total of Rs 3.2 crore raised to be donated to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund, a Kerala government drive established during the floods to provide immediate relief as well as rebuild damaged infrastructure all over the state.
The auction, conducted by Kochi Biennale Foundation and Saffronart, comprised 42 artworks generously donated by leading Indian and international artists, gallerists, and collectors. Works in the auction included those by canonical modern masters, like Amrita Sher-Gil, senior artists like Gulammohammed Sheikh, V Vishwanathan, Madhvi & Manu Parekh, as well as contemporary masters like Anju Dodiya and Atul Dodiya, Anish Kapoor, Dayanita Singh, and Abir Karmakar, amongst many others. For more details, please click here.
REUSE. RECYCLE. REBUILD.
Apart from focused efforts to directly aid those affected, Kochi Biennale Foundation has worked to restructure its internal processes to maximise impact with regard to rebuilding the state. One such effort is the promise to recycle material used in the Biennale for relief. In particular, the structure of the Biennale Pavilion, which will play a significant role in the fourth edition and Anita Dube’s curatorial frame, will be repurposed to build homes for displaced families. According to the architects of the building, a temporary space that will host a wide range of programming and Dube’s “knowledge laboratory”, the construction materials can build a dozen houses of around 600 square feet each when the Pavilion is deconstructed after March 29, 2019.