Kochi: An exhibition commemorating the 100 years of World War I, organised by Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF) in association with Goethe Institut, was inaugurated on Saturday.
Syed Ibrahim, director of Goethe Zentrum, Thiruvananthapuram inaugurated the two-day event ‘digging deep, crossing far’ at Pepper House in Fort Kochi. The exhibition is open for public on January 3 and 4.
The art works will essay the details of the 1914-18 war and India’s role in it, courtesy works by four noted artists: Ayisha Abraham, Gilles Aubry, Sarnath Banerjee and Surekha.
Photographs, sound installation, scene portrays and image installations will narrate the about the whole history on World War I and will comment on the role of Indians in it.
Internationally acclaimed German artists Elke Falat and Julia Tieke will curate the event.
According to the curators, though WW1 was fought mainly between European nations, the involvement of the British, French and other empires meant that soldiers and people of the colonies were actively involved in the war. Over 10 lakh Indian members of the colonial army were employed during the war, with recorded fatalities of over 60,000, they point out.
KBF Research Coordinator Bonny Thomas also spoke during the event.