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Black Gold

Vivan Sundaram2012 - 2013

Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Kochi-Muziris Biennale

In search of gold is an ancient story. But there is another old story: in search of black gold – pepper.A large installation comprising thousands of ‘discarded’ local potsherds from the Pattanam archaeological site forms an imaginary (two thousand year-old) port city – Muziris. The lay-out of the installation suggests an archipelago; circumambulating it in person, you experience its clustered miniaturization. The geographical allusion turns into a metaphor; the archipelago folds into a playground of infancy.

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