Postcards from the edge (of the Arabian Sea). Tales from the ballPark: this liminal life
Art brought me to this place, but art and so much more sees my returning and living here 6 months of every year. For 6 years. This PLACE is Fort Cochin in the state of Kerala in South India. The Art that brought me here was my participation in an exhibition enitled Re-Picturing the Feminine: New Hybrid Realities in the Artworld – A Survey of Indian and Australian Contemporary Female Artists at OED Gallery Fort Cochin, running concurrently with the first contemporary art Biennale in India: the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012. I had decided to spend 6 weeks in Fort Cochin in order to make new work informed by the place, but I had never been to India so I went on a tour in North India beforehand. I spent 23 days travelling from Mumbai to New Delhi via Mt Abu, Udapair, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Jailsalmer, Agra, Orchha and Varanasi and arrived in the south exhausted and not a fan. I can’t eat spicy food, I don’t like crowds, and the rubbish everywhere was horrible. I may have exclaimed; “I am such a Paris girl!!”. Yet here I am, 6 years later, living a liminal life; on the edge of the Arabian Sea, between East and West, between 2 cultures, navigating my way.
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