Srishti- creation - is the essence of art. Coincidentally, an art gallery and an institution bearing the same name co-hosted the event, Kala Samuha – an art marathon; an amalgamation of creatives. Srishti Outpost of Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, stationed in Mill Hall in Mattancherry has been the venue of several events organized as part of the Collateral project of Kochi Muziris Biennale. It was co-hosted by Shrishti Gallery, Hyderabad under Lakshmi Nambiar. Around 100 artists’ took part to spur this creative force in the second week of February. Painting, installation, sculpture, video and performance art under one roof for 3 consecutive days. Each artist had 40 minutes to showcase his/her art. The aim to bring in more talents and project their creativity – for both art students and professionals alike. It was a platform to connect with different artists’ and different forms of creative expression.
A few pictures from Kala Samuha, courtesy Srishti Outpost page and the Curator Meena Vari.
Another event of Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology's Video Vortex XI – Video in Flux: Art, Activism and Archives is happening from Feb 23rd to 25th in No.18 Hotel, Fort Kochi and Mill Hall Mattancherry.
Srishti's concept note reads as:
“Srishti Outpost @ Mill Hall is a space that masquerades as a classroom, a gallery and a community hall. It will focus on the performative, the playful and the process oriented while supporting the various positions of art making. Outpost @Mill Hall celebrates ‘Making, as an Expanded Form of Expression and Engagement’. The curated program overlaps and intersects in, material and mediums, Art & Science, traditional and contemporary as well as multiple associations and collaborations. The idea is to bring together artists, curators, theorists, technologists, traditional makers, and the local communities to interact, share and learn. ‘Outpost@Mill Hall’ will be a series of events; exhibitions, symposiums, permanent installations, workshops and a live makers’ space, will ensure a thorough involvement of audiences, both as participants, as well as spectators.”