Kavinash to represent Mauritius at Venice Biennale

Published: 15 April 2015 at 15:16

Kavinash Thomoo

MA Fine Art graduate one of six artists selected

MA Fine Art alumnus Kavinash Thomoo, who graduated in 2014, has been selected as one of six artists representing Mauritius for this year's 56th Venice Biennale, which will take place from 9 May until 22 November 2015. The Venice Biennale has for over a century been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Established in 1895, the Biennale has an attendance today of over 370,000 visitors at the Art Exhibition.

The history of the Venice Biennale dates back from 1895, when the first International Art Exhibition was organized. In the 1930s new festivals were born: Music, Cinema, and Theatre (the Venice Film Festival in 1932 was the first film festival ever organized). In 1980 the first International Architecture Exhibition took place, and in 1999 Dance made its debut at the Venice Biennale.

Stills from '...again and again'
Kavinash's work is a video projection entitled '...again and again'. It references the cyclical nature of samsara - a Sanskrit term designating the unrelenting processes of creation, destruction, and regeneration as understood by metaphysical philosophies expounded by the Samkhya and Tantra-Shaktism schools of Hinduism.

From its postmodernist perspective '...again and again' demands an appreciation of process as well as the need to find beauty in destruction and the destroyed. This work of painting, photography, and video views the universe as a constant play of names and forms and brings the artwork in an amoral framework that neither views destruction as negative nor as an act of personal revolt from the artist.

Our congratulations go to Kavinash for this fantastic achievement.