Bose Krishnamachari: I travel to the nostalgic world through my family album
I was delegated this year in Madrid, an international contemporary art fair that was held in February. The Spanish Embassy and the Cervantes Cultural Center invited me on the occasion to experience cultural institutions and the art fair. I am fortunate to return home to Mumbai now, because the ARCO Madrid fairground has become a quarantine space with hundreds of beds that look like coffins with a disturbing symmetry.
Now, I am lucky to see a little green while I take care of the plants on my garden terrace. Playing cards with the family has become a habit, and also playing chess with my son Aaryan. I watch the news on television and often watch happy family movies on the computer. I am also using the time to reconnect with my old friends through phone calls and remember my mentors. I have also been looking at our family album and travel to the imaginative nostalgic world from time to time.
Just before, I bought a copy of the India Effect and have been looking for it with interest. Most of my reading materials are in my study, which is 15 minutes from home, but (my wife) Radhika did not allow me to leave. So, I go online to read Art News Paper, Artforum, Frieze, and ArtReview magazines, and of course I check out Google Art and Culture online museums and galleries. Unfortunately, making art on a large scale, getting books and magazines is impossible now.
The Kochi-Muziris Biennial office is closed for some time, but I contact Shubigi Rao, the curator of this year's edition, and the staff every day. They are all working from home for the next edition and other educational activities of the Foundation.