Review INDERNET 2018

Without internet on the INDERNET

What happens when two people from Köln with Indian roots are given a large, light-flooded room, the internet and some time? They set up an exhibition that is particularly worth seeing, which asks many current questions behind Cologne’s crane buildings and at the same time creates a space for analogue.

Manoj Kurian Kallupurackal curated the exhibition INDERNET and shows contemporary creatives from India who use the internet as a platform but also as a tool. He was supported by his sparring partner Vineetha Panalickal. The designer duo manages to ensure that the exhibition is not an anonymous stringing together of artworks from the other side of the world – the opposite is the case. Through their careful selection and skilful use of the space, they manage to make the works interact. Videos, paintings, photographs and prints are juxtaposed with an ease that allows a dialogue to emerge on different levels. The fact that both Indian and European artists are exhibited creates an intercultural discourse that forces the viewer to reflect on the image of the self and the image of the other.

For about a week, more than 400 art lovers visit the exhibition at the canal. But the exhibition is much more than a place where art is shown: It is an inspiring place that creates space for encounters and intercultural exchange. Artists are encouraged to show their portfolios, memories of trips to India are exchanged and young people with an Indian background tell their very personal stories. Contrary to expectations, the exhibition is not online, there is no Wi-Fi, you don’t have to download an app to get an audio guide, there are no discount codes to collect online – it is precisely this supposed contradiction of an offline exhibition that addresses the internet that makes the exhibition unique. And this makes the exhibition much more, namely a space of real networking and interculturality.” – Helena De Anta

Artists / participants

Anjul Dandekar / Aviral Saxena / Broti Bhattacharya / Costanza Coletti / deadtheduck / Furqan Jawed / Hari Panicker / Hitanshu Bhatt / Janine Shroff / Jas Charanjiva / Jasjyot Singh Hans / Jayesh Raut / Johnny Ganta / Kanika Sethi / Kashmira Sarode / Khyati Trehan / Kira Issar / Kunal Anand / Kunel Gaur / Malik Heilmann / Meroo Seth / Mira Malhotra / Nisha Sethi / *Pardon My Hindi / Reshidev RK / Rhea Gupte / Safomasi / Sajid Wajid Shaikh / Sanchit Sawaria / Sanjay Patel / Shiva Nallaperumal / Shreyansh Agarwal / Shruthi Venkataraman / Tashita Mukherji

Kunsthaus Rhenania, Köln

02 – 09/06/2018

Deutsch-Indische Gesellschaft Köln/Bonn e.V.

Curation and realisation
Manoj Kurian Kallupurackal und Vineetha Panalickal (Masala Movement e.V.)

Kai Hattermann (camera)
Manoj Kurian Kallupurackal (art direction)
Ahjosh Elavumkal (post-production)
Todh Teri (music)


Nicole Hoppe