Like other important international artists, as for example the polish Pawel Althamer, Manohar Chiluveru’s works focus on human beings and on the possible effect of living in a hyper- modernizing society. His site-specific installations and the life-size figurative sculptures explore the relationship between individual identity, social relations and world changes. Like primate cavemen lost on the edge of a transmuting world, the walking men of Chiluveru remember us all the dangers of a possible dehumanization. All these kinf of topics seems perfectly match the issues raised by Mr. Okwui Enwezor for the next Venice Biennale. Quoting his curatorial statment for Venice: "How can the current disquiet of our time be properly grasped, made comprehensible, examined, and articulated? Over the course of the last two centuries the radical changes – from industrial to post-industrial modernity; technological to digital modernity; mass migration to mass mobility, environmental disasters and genocidal conflicts, chaos and promise – have made fascinating subject matter for artists, writers, filmmakers, performers, composers, musicians, etc. This situation is no less palpable today. It is with this recognition that in 2015, the 56th International Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia proposes "All the World’s Futures" a project devoted to a fresh appraisal of the relationship of art and artists to the current state of things."
That is why "Possible Effect" got all my attention and I will decide to include it in the exhibition promoted by the Global Art Affaires Foundation, "Personal Structures" that is a collateral event of the next Venice Biennale. The GAAF appointed me for curate a part of the show that will be featured in Palazzo Mora and I proposed, between others, the work of Manohar Chiluveru.
VALENTINA GIOIA LEVY
Curator of Art Project 'POSSIBLE EFFECTS ' by Manohar Chiluveru, Kochi Muziris Biennale collateral section from 5th March to 29th March 2015
VALENTINA GIOIA LEVY is a historian of Asian art, a writer and a curator based in Rome. She is the coordinator of the Art Project Space in Villa Ada Festival in Rome and, a curatorial consultant for RH Contemporary (New York, US). In 2014, for the National Museum of Oriental Art in Rome, she coordinated a special program that focused on Asian contemporary art. During the last years she worked with a number of museums, cultural institutions and art galleries such as the Pompidou Centre (Paris, France); MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome (Rome, Italy); The Japan Foundation; Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive (Civic Gallery of Modern Art of Spoleto, Italy); the National Museum of Oriental Art (Rome, Italy); Label201 Gallery (Rome, Italy); The Silent Barn (Brooklyn, New York, US); MOG, Museum of Goa (Goa, India); Kochi Muziris Biennale (Kerala, India)
Curated by Valentina Gioia Levy
From 5th to 29th of March 2015
In Children Park in Fort Kochi, Manohar Chiluveru features a 12 feet sculpture representing a walking man with a spoon in his month and a egg upon it. The sculpture is part of ‘Egg-and-Spoon’ that is a series of works, which range from sculptures and paintings to performance and site-specific installations. In this series of works Chiluveru focuses on a very popular children game that can also be considered as one of the simplest methods of social interaction and a way back to childhood and innocence.
In the afternoon of the 2nd (or 3rd) of March, Chiluveru will present a spoon-and-egg race in the garden where his sculpture is installed. Children, teenagers and adults will be all invited to take part to a competition where nobody will win but everybody will enjoy to be together. Sport, races and, group games for children can all be considered as tools for overcome social differences, gain a collective experience and close contacts to each other. In facts, quoting the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon: sport has become a world language, a common denominator that breaks down all the walls, all the barriers.
About Possible Effects
The installation in Children Park is part of Possibile Effect, an ongoing project focusing on green and sustainable lifestyle that will travel around the world, including the 56th Edition of Venice Biennale (Italy), as a part of the collateral event ‘Personal Structures’ in Palazzo Mora. Possible Effect will involve a number of international art curators, artists and personalities from sport, cultural and scientific life. Possibile Effect comprises site-specific installations, a series of paintings and sculptures, performance and discussion panels. In Venice Chiluveru will present a site-specific installation composed of some life-size figurative sculptures, branches and other suspended objects. Invention of Nuclear weapons is an application of knowledge but the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is a question of Wisdom. The artist says. Human history has devastating lessons from the past, bitter on-going experiences and fear-inducing possible threats from the future. This is a reference to both the wisdom and ignorance of human action. When such mighty destruction occurs as a result of human actions, it affects us physically, environmentally and psychologically.
This consequential chain reaction is much bigger than what we realize or see as immediate after-effects. Even in our everyday life, we are producing potential seeds of nuclear explosions which will invariably affect our basic existence at a phenomenally massive scale as much as it affects life at an individual level.
About Manohar CHILUVERU
Manohar Chiluveru was born in 1970 in Warangal, India. His practice ranges from painting to sculpture, site specific installation, performance and video. The works of Chiluveru explore the relationship between individual identity, social relationships and, world changes. The loss of social cohesion is one of the possible effects of the fast social changes, which people are experiencing all over the world in these years. According to him, his very first artistic influence came from the Kakatiya temples and gateways in the region of Hyderabad, which were already mentioned in XIII century by the venetian traveller Marco Polo in his book Il Milione. The discovery of historical European Avant-gardist artists of the first part of XX century, such as Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti and Wassily Kandinsky, played an important role during his artistic training. Although his painting is direct and spontaneous, Chiluveru consciously tends to explore all the physical possibilities of paint, using indistinctly different styles and techniques. His site-specific installations and the life-size figurative sculptures generally explore the relationship between individual identity, social relationships and, world changes. Like primate cavemen lost on the edge of a transmuting world, the walking men of Chiluveru remember us the danger of living in a hyper-modernizing world.