Forming in the Pupil of an Eye
Edited, designed and printed in India, the catalogue for the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in Kerala is a successful example of a collaborative project: produced locally, it involved an international editorial team as well as designers from Switzerland and India. Externally the book, with its softcover and flaps, has a noticeably bronze tone. A number of double pages bearing the full-colour logos of the many sponsors are followed by the catalogue proper, which is entirely in black and white. The participants – almost 100in number – are presented in alphabeticalorder, with the first name taking precedence as is customary in India. A register column at the margin as well as title pages for each letter, folded in half a page, aid orientation. The short illustrated texts in English and Malayalam are set one below the other on each page, which along with the choice of fontand typesetting gives an impression of the two languages having equal weight. Lastly, a fold-out sequence with simple plans ofthe exhibition sites on the outside and a diversity of photos and diagrams – printed in four colours plus bronze – on the inside highlights various facets of the spaces.