At the Aspinwall House grounds is an encircled glass structure where the patterns change every few minutes — with their brush, people are free to paint with water on the translucent surface. It vanishes in minutes, like much else that is impermanent, notes Beijing-based Song Dong. His installation, Writing Diary with Water is an older work that acquires new meaning in the context of the floods, where people participate in a shared act and play with water.
As Kerala slowly picks up pieces after the recent floods, the London-based artist is
attempting to give people in the state hope through a rainbow at Pepperhouse. In the lawns of the sea-facing heritage property is a metal frame that sprinkles water every few minutes and those who stand underneath can see the drizzle produce a temporary rainbow. “It is often considered a symbol of hope, and promise of better things to come,” says Longkumer, adding that we need to see beauty in the things around. He also projects it as a celebration of the recent striking down of Section 377 by the Supreme Court of India.
Known for her participatory projects, where Monica Mayer often interacts with the viewers and seeks their opinion, in Kochi, the Mexican artist has brought her celebrated installation titled The Clothesline. She invites people to share their experiences of sexual assault, and also of trauma from the recent floods in Kerala. Hundreds have already responded to her question on an empty postcard: “What did the flood give you”. Some respondents share their grief — “I lost almost everything I had in my house”, “My wedding got cancelled by the floods and all my savings were in it” and “The burden of debt”. Others share hope for a better future and recall the good that people did — “Happiness is watching the youngsters in my locality working together and helping in putting things back together”, “Love and Compassion for others”.