Τρίτη, 21 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

Kochi exhibition shows rich history of migration between the UAE and India

Rasha Al Duwaisan’s Hoisting Histories installation in the Binary States, India – UAE
exhibition, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Fort Kochi. Courtesy Cultural Engineering

In the historic Fort Kochi, on the southern Indian coast, which is dominated by Portuguese architecture and fishing, a major art festival is in full swing.

In one of the colonial buildings dedicated to the three-and-a-half-month-long festival, visitors stumble across a dhow that dominates the room. The sound of waves echoes around the wooden interiors, as do the haunting songs of sailors, and the real-life stories of Indians and Emiratis who made their way between the shores of India and the UAE, and before that the Trucial States, decades ago.

The audiovisual installation Hoisting Histories is by Kuwaiti artist Rasha Al Duwaisan, who has lived in Dubai for the past few years. It is part of the exhibition Binary States, India – UAE, which explores the ties between the two countries and the overlapping aspects of their cultures.


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