Vivian Caccuri, 2018 PIPA finalist, is participating in the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. Held in Kochi, India, the Biennale is the largest art exhibition in the country and the biggest contemporary art festival in Asia. Her presentation, “Mosquito Shrine”, is a multi-media installation that features a mosquito net, chimes, ultra-violet light and speakers that play the sound of mosquitoes mating, with the goal of attracting male mosquitoes.
With this, Caccuri questions why mosquito´s noise cause such distress in tropical countries. In an interview with The Week, the artist claims that she first came across the idea when she was in Ghana, she noticed that even though she was accustomed to the buzz of mosquitoes, the sound became more of a nuisance after seeing victims of malaria around her. The artist also believed that the dislike towards these insects could possibly have a deeper subconscious meaning. “What if we are remembering something from a different past or different world? This is not in a religious way, but in a cultural way and more on the line of psychoanalysis where the fear of the disease was so strong that it got imprinted in our conscious and the sound would trigger a reaction without us being aware of it.”
Caccuri has always used sound as a way to cross experiment with sense perception and cover issues of history and social conditioning. Her pieces aspire to mystify every-day experiences, and by extension disrupt meanings and raise questions. As to the art fair, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale seeks to create a platform that will introduce contemporary international visual art theory and practice to India and encourage a dialogue among artists, curators, and the public.
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