The work ‘Life Is A River’ is a connection between blue textile bodies of my classic spice pieces, framed to a horizon layer of fabrics found in markets in Ernakulam.In a state of gravity, floating on the roof space of Moidu’s Heritage Plaza, the piece has a desire to connect the culture of my art to the cultural environment I found in India. The nucleolus body made on blue skin polyamide textile was inspired by Hindu gods, especially Shiva and Krishna, who have this state of being/ becoming blue. As an artist who works in high sensorial experience, I have used the textile as skin and as a metaphor—as the place of relationship in life, the limit and passageway from the figure to the background. The images of Shiva and Krishna on blue, opens the possibility of every one of us to have the skin on blue, or to become blue. This metaphoric possibility brings me a lot of freedom and joy, makes me longing to taste it.The project of the orange fabric frame around the blue polyamide skin comes from the block print fabrics I found in Ernakulam, which bring to me a spirit of India and a spirit of a slow surface on the passage of our eyes. For the flow of the river we found this speed and bright transparent cotton.


  • Title: Life Is A River
  • Creator: Ernesto Neto
  • Creator Lifespan: 1964, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Creator Nationality: Brazil
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Birth Place: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Date Created: 2012 - 2013
  • Physical Location: Moidu's Heritage, Kalvathi Road, Fort Kochi, Kochi, KL 682002, Kochi, Kerala
  • Type: Sculpture
  • External Link: http://kochimuzirisbiennale.org/ernesto-neto-2/
  • Medium: Sculpture, Spices and stretched cotton fabric
  • Place Part Of: Kochi, Kerala
  • Embassy / Agency Support: Embassy of Brazil

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