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Edge Effect
Curated by Kanchi Mehta

A collateral event for
Kochi-Muziris-Biennale 2014
A Public Art project by
Sunaparanta Goa Center for the Arts For the Artist Mentoring Program

Artists -
Mansoor Ali, Pallavi Paul, Rathin Barman


Date - 12.12.2014 until 29.03.2015
Venue - Kochi Beach Front, Fort Kochi
In nature, this is a region where two adjacent eco systems overlap. Such as land and ocean, or desert and grassland or earth and outer space. It is a transition zone where one community blends into another and they both become an interface resulting in high productivity and independent co-existence. The Edge Effect is an ecological concept that describes that there is maximum activity and diversity at a point when something ends and another begins.

This can be understood in many ways. Evening – is a time of the day when day transitions into night. It is a time when the world prepares for darkness and the departure of the sun. This can also be applied to the concept of Bardo, a Tibetan word, which signifies the intermediate state of existence between two lives on Earth, or experienced through all meditation, dreaming, life, death and afterlife, which are episodic and transitional. An illusionistic line that separates the fire from its surrounding, it is the ‘in-between’ phase that embodies all the excitement and vigor that prepares for the next phase to come. On a broader scale, The Edge Effect can be anything and everything that exists in its state of continuation.

This project is on the Beach Front at Fort Kochi, an Edge in nature. Three artists have been commissioned to create a public art installation at the venue, and the location is a vital element to the concept and production of each work. They will be publicly displayed and simultaneously will be interacting with the environment, at the Edge of land and water.

About the Program
Sunaparanta is a non for profit art institution, which aims to preserve the artistic legacies of Goa; to encourage and promote innovative work in the visual arts, performance and art education. It serves as a bridge between the Goan arts, the national as well as international art communities. The institution provides working and exhibition space, assistance with exchange and grant funding initiatives, artist residencies, and infrastructure for collaborative projects with state, national and international organizations.

The Emerging Artists Mentoring Program is an initiative by Sunaparanta to encourage, support and promote innovative and experimental projects in the visual arts, and to provide resource support to art students and artists of the coming generations.

This collaboration with KMB aligns Sunaparanta not only with its mission, but also mutually supports each other to infiltrate (contemporary) art and culture within local cities and the youth of this generation.

About the Artists
Mansoor Ali is an artist based in Baroda, India. He uses ready-made and found objects such as the chairs in this work, and by altering their pre-conceived configuration, proportion and context, the artist creates sculptures and installations that draw attention to the various facets of power politics prevalent in India. Mansoor is represented by Gallery Maskara, Mumbai.

Pallavi Paul is an artist based in Mumbai. Her primary interest lies in taking ‘found situations’ and reconfiguring them to present fantastical possibilities. She expresses this concept through drawing, photography, video and sculptural installations. She is represented by Project 88 in Mumbai.

Rathin Barman is an artist based in Tripura, India. He studies how economic and environmental structures in both urban and rural settings have been transformed due to globalization, commenting on a growing dependence on metro areas and the subsequent growth of material consumption in society. He has exhibited extensively across the world and is represented by Experimenter, Kolakata.

www.sgcfa.org
www.kochimuzirisbiennale.org

    kanchi80