After the cantilevered fishing nets have been drawn ashore there’s bits of Kochi that stay—much like the waves—rippling with activity. The Kochi Muziris Biennale is that time of year when part of the southwestern coast of India comes alive with art, sculpture, installations, and lively conversation. Dotted across five different locations in Fort Kochi, Ernakulam and Kalvathi Road, the third edition of the biennale houses an installation entitled ‘Imaginary Homelands’ by artist Desmond Lazaro.
You’d normally find Desmond Lazaro in a seaside promenade in colonial Pondicherry, but for this duration, you’ll find him on Kochi’s coast. An artist we’ve trailed one miniature painting at a time across the globe, Lazaro works out of his studio and home in Pondicherry, but found some time to speak with us about his work, his deft brushstrokes on small canvasses, and his thoughts on large-scale installations.