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Sand and Other Elements

Paris Viswanathan2012 - 2013

Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Kochi-Muziris Biennale

In 1976, I met with a car accident in Dotmund (Germany) and from my hospital bed as an answer to the doctors’s question: ‘Who I was and where I came from ‘, I asked myself about my origins. If I say: I am an ‘Indian’, it seemingly does not satisfy enough and the next question would be, which part of India are you from ? What is it that makes an Indian ‘Indian’ ?After many years of living in France I suddenly imagined India projected as a triangle to the ocean and made some points in places like, Dwaraka, Porbandar, Somnath, Diu, Daman, Dandi, Sanjan, Bombay, Ratnagiri, Goa, Elimalai, Canannore, Mahe, Calicut, Cochin, Quilon, Capecomorin, Tranquebar, Pondicherry, Mahabalipuram, Madras, Kalingapatnam, Srikakulam, Puri, Konarak, Chandipore, Digha, etc. In fact these points reveal the cultural-mythical and historical layers imbedded in an Indian mind!I then decided to visit some of these places and thought I should have a concrete testimony, collect sand, and film where it has been collected from.

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  • Title: Sand and Other Elements
  • Creator: Viswanadhan
  • Date Created: 2012 - 2013
  • Physical Location: Aspinwall House, River Rd, Fort Kochi, Kochi, KL 682001, Kochi, Kerala
  • Type: Videos and sand on canvas
  • External Link: http://kochimuzirisbiennale.org/paris-vishwanadhan/
  • Medium: 1. Video-Film (DVD) 2. Sand on Canvas (17 pieces) (640 x 240 cm), Videos and sand on canvas
  • Year: Sand Installation - 1976 Videos: Sand - 1976-1981, Water / Ganga - 1985, Agni / Fire - 1988, Air / Vayu - 1994, Ether / Akaash - 2002, Back to elements - 2009, On road - 2011
  • Place Part Of: Kochi, Kerala
  • Dimension: 640 cm X 240 cm

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