Kochi: Installations of Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) 2014 offered a feast to 20 shutterbugs who thronged Aspinwall House, the main KMB ’14 venue on Sunday. The photographers are members of the Viewfinders photography club, a Facebook group set up five years ago with a 5,000-strong membership. The members spent the day at Aspinwall House viewing the works and capturing them on camera.
The amateur and professional photographers came from this city, besides Kottayam and Kozhikode for a “photo walk” event. They were welcomed by Biennale director Bose Krishnamachari, who pointed them to the photographic works—Khalil Rabah’s ‘Biproduct’, Shumon Ahmed’s ‘Metal Graves’ and Dayanita Singh’s ‘1.9.2014 Dear Mr Walter’—on display at the sprawling sea-facing complex.
Admin Sreejith KS, who manages the group’s Facebook page, which shares advice and photos, said that an artistic arena, such as the Biennale, serves as an inspiration for photographers.
Nithin Alex, who works as a senior fire officer in Mumbai, was glad that he could make it for this photo walk. “I could not come to the last edition, but being here gives people like us a different perspective on light and shade,” said Nithin, who took up photography as a hobby. “It has been a unique experience; I was moved by the works of (Japanese) Ryota Kuwakubo and Anish Kapoor.”
Less than a month since the biennale opened, it has received over 80,000 visitors, including art students, filmmakers, writers and political bigwigs, apart from curators and museum directors.
Kochi Biennale Foundation said it was gratified about being able to provide a creative avenue for people from different fields and to associate with them. “It is a great opportunity to know about contemporary practices,” said Krishnamachari.
“We suggested to the photography group that it is not just about pictures, but to look at how their craft can be used in context. It is a good ground for them. That is what the biennale is for.”