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Vivian Caccuri, Mosquito Shrine

For Artwork in Focus we explore individual artworks, critiquing their style and discussing their socio-political context. Today we look at Mosquito Shrine by Vivian Caccuri.

About the Artwork

Title : Mosquito Shrine
Artist : Vivian Caccuri

Vivian Caccuri’s presentation, “Mosquito Shrine”, is a presentation that is authentic in form as well as content. It is a multi-media installation that features a mosquito net, chimes, ultra-violet light and speakers that play the sound of mosquitoes mating, with the goal of attracting male mosquitoes.

With this installation, knowingly or unknowingly Caccuri has dug up memories that are deeply embedded in the psyche of a tropical nation, linking it to all other such climates. This gives her work a unique depth and exactly the point of her inquiry. She questions why mosquito´s noise cause such distress in tropical countries.

Artwork in Focus : Vivian Caccuri, Mosquito Shrine
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The artist claims that she first came across the idea when she was in Ghana. Vivian noticed that though she was accustomed to the buzz of mosquitoes, their sound became source of nuisance after seeing victims of malaria around her. There is undoubtedly a deep connect between the physical and the perceived and the phantom. Basing her belief – that the dislike towards these insects could possibly have a deeper subconscious meaning. “What if we are remembering something from a different past or different world? This is not in a religious way, but in a cultural way and more on the line of psychoanalysis where the fear of the disease was so strong that it got imprinted in our conscious and the sound would trigger a reaction without us being aware of it.”

The Use of Sound

Sound is crucial to this artist. Using sound as a way to cross experiment with sense perception and cover issues of history and social conditioning, it has always been her means. Her authentic pieces aspire to mystify every-day experiences, and by extension disrupt meanings and raise questions.

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale seeks to create a platform that will introduce contemporary international visual art theory and practice to India and encourage a dialogue among artists, curators, and the public.

Vivian Caccuri, 2018 PIPA finalist, is participating at the Biennale. Held in Kochi, India, the Biennale is the largest art exhibition in the country and the biggest contemporary art festival in Asia.


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