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Materials used for KBF will be utilised to construct houses for Kerala

Devdiscourse News Desk kochi Last Updated at 10-11-2018 18:10:25 IST India

The materials used for the upcoming Kochi-Muziris Biennale Pavilion would be subsequently utilised to construct houses for the flood-affected in Kerala, organisers of contemporary art festival said. At least a dozen homes of 600 square feet each would be built next summer from the structure that is currently being constructed at Cabral Yard, Fort Kochi in time for the Biennale which starts on December 12, Bose Krishnamachari, founder-president of Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF), said.

The Foundation felt an urgent need to contribute to relief and aid efforts after the August deluge and landslides that ravaged the state, the KBF said in a release. "This will be one way of our joining the state government's 'Rebuilding Kerala' mission," Krishnamachari said.

The KBF has already announced that a major art auction of the Foundation would be organised for the same purpose. Select paintings, sculptures and installations of more than 40 artists in India and abroad would go under the hammer at the January 18, 2019 event in Kochi as part of the Foundation's ARK (Art Rises for Kerala) initiative in partnership with SaffronArt, it said.

This year's Biennale curator Anita Dube said the monsoon calamity in Kerala had prompted her to explore ways in which KMB could respond to the massive loss of lives and livelihood. Given the severity of the catastrophe, Dube offered the chance for participating artists to alter their work in response to the tragedy. "Some artists were affected by news of the event and changed their ideas," she said, emphasising that resources which are currently making a major public structure for the Biennale will be used after the event to construct houses for the flood-affected. The fourth edition of the KMB is curated by Anita Dube and runs from December 12, 2018, to March 29 2019.

(With inputs from agencies.)

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