The exhibition, organised by the Kochi Biennale Foundation and Kerala government in Alappuzha, showcases more than 3,000 art works of 267 artists at six large venues spread over 3 km

The idea was to encourage the creative spirit of Kerala-born artists during the time of pandemic, says Bose Krishnamachari, an acclaimed artist and curator of ‘Lokame Tharavadu’

More than 3,000 art works, 267 artists, six large venues spread over 3 km and a long list of various cultural programmes. That makes up the contemporary art exhibition, ‘Lokame Tharavadu’ (The world is one family), which was flagged off in the picturesque coastal town of Kerala’s Alappuzha on April 18 this year.

The organisers however had to close down the show after a span of 12 days due to pandemic-imposed restrictions. Many thought it was the end of the show, which was organised to encourage artists, particularly new-gen artists and ‘activate the cultural spaces and institutions in Kerala’.

The closure disappointed the organisers, but Bose Krishnamachari, curator of the ‘Lokame Tharavadu’, remained hopeful. He spent time taking care of the thousands of works displayed inside the different venues in Alappuzha, which was a major task considering the scale of the exhibition.

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