Ahmed Muzamil presents an introduction to his work exhibited at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2018). The young artist prepared an installation to commemorate the anniversary of the Gawkadal Massacre where more than 50 people were shot by Indian soldiers during a peaceful protest. The installation involves a series of photographs in light boxes, recorded testimonies from survivors and witnesses played back in a loop and a 100kg bag of ash placed in a specific manner to create a space where death, mourning and remembrance are contemplated in what can be considered a “funerary chamber,” considering the manner in which the installation has been set up. An artist statement for the work along with a video of the installation, some visuals and sound recordings are provided here courtesy of the artist.
Massacres and Home: An Art Installation at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale — by Ahmed Muzamil