Students' Biennale 2021: Geographies of Despair

Artists: Shubhankar Chandere, Sangeeta Kodimyala, Prartharna Karthikeyan and Dipin Chandran. Curated by Manoj Vyloor.

Alakananda by Prarthana KarthikeyanKochi-Muziris Biennale

Mapping erosion, displacement, greed and suffering

The four artists Dipin Chandran, Shubhankar Chandere,  Prarthana Karthikeyan, and Sangeeta Kodimyala all use drawing to depict the cycles of landscape and the plights of people who inhabit it.

Mountain Dwelling Tribe by Dipin ChandranKochi-Muziris Biennale

Dipin Chandran, student of Raja Ravi Varma College of Fine Arts, Mavelikkara, Kerala, makes strokes on paper that tell the tales of suffering and loss.

Hidden Village Hidden Village by Dipin ChandranKochi-Muziris Biennale

He captures pain and wounds inflicted upon the people..

Hidden Village Hidden Village (detail) by Dipin ChandranKochi-Muziris Biennale

..and on the land that nurtured them.

Monsoon Monsoon by Dipin ChandranKochi-Muziris Biennale

His drawings chart barren land, landfills and nature..

Caryota Urens by Dipin ChandranKochi-Muziris Biennale

..and its exploitations, phenomenon like erosion, depletion and intrusion.

Construction Workers by Sangeeta KodimyalaKochi-Muziris Biennale

Sangeeta Kodimyala, student of Andhra University, incorporates activities of cultivation and settlement of people in her drawings

Frontline Workers by Sangeeta KodimyalaKochi-Muziris Biennale

She captures women carrying out the everyday activities.

She pictures them in various poses and daily tasks.

Urban Mayhem 1 by Sangeeta KodimyalaKochi-Muziris Biennale

Considering the construction industry in India...

..she thinks about the settlements that are getting increasingly built up...

Fallen Tree by Sangeeta KodimyalaKochi-Muziris Biennale

..representing how the natural world is being uprooted and geography has evolved or rather deteriorated into a metaphor of struggle of the people settled on it.

Rishikesh by Prarthana KarthikeyanKochi-Muziris Biennale

Prarthana Karthikeyan, student of Tamil Nadu Dr. J Jeyalalitha Music and Fine Arts University, sketches maps of a region that become bodies denoting the gradual change of the topology through time.

Broken Landscape - III by Prarthana KarthikeyanKochi-Muziris Biennale

He sketches natural elements with geometrical patterns..

Bhagirathi by Prarthana KarthikeyanKochi-Muziris Biennale

..considering how the land is transforming into uninhabitable regions..

Broken Landscape - I by Prarthana KarthikeyanKochi-Muziris Biennale

..capturing the shadows and voids of the natural elements.

April 2020 by Shubhankar ChandereKochi-Muziris Biennale

Shubhankar Chandere, student at the Sarojini Naidu School of Art and Communication, University of Hyderabad, captures the inhabitants of the lands responding to their surroundings.

Coexistence- 001 by Shubhankar ChandereKochi-Muziris Biennale

He maps through line both buildings and nature.

Infested soil by Shubhankar ChandereKochi-Muziris Biennale

In rich colours and mastery of tone, he manages to illustrate the depth of feeling both the artist and his subjects have for the land around them.

Excavation by Shubhankar ChandereKochi-Muziris Biennale

He sets out the embodied responses of the inhabitants of the land to its destruction.

Drawing- 05 by Shubhankar ChandereKochi-Muziris Biennale

He skilfully illustrates feelings of isolation with the solo figures responding to the landscape.

The Students’ Biennale seeks to complement and strengthen the fine arts education system in India and is the largest educational initiative of the Kochi Biennale Foundation. The fourth edition was led by a team of five artists and art educators – Adip Dutta, Archana Hande, Manoj Vyloor, Suresh K Nair and Vasudha Thozhur, and featured 314 student artists from over 62 education institutions across India to produce approximately 45 projects.

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