'Neydhal' at Kochi: Chennai photographer Vetrivel’s exhibition explores TN’s seascape

Photos displayed in the exhibition

When Vetrivel takes his camera exploring the coastal life, he adds an invisible extra lens of empathy to his equipment. It is this look through the lens of empathy that makes his photographs somewhat different from all those seascape pictures you have seen.

An exhibition of the Chennai-based upcoming photographer is on at Hallegua Hall - Palette People Gallery & Artists’ Studio in Mattancherry, Kochi. The show, aptly named Neydhal, which means the coastal region of Tamil Nadu, reflects life along the coastline and the landscape as well as the seascape. World-renowned artist and curator Bose Krishnamachari, who is the President of the Kochi Biennale Foundation, inaugurated the exhibition on February 4, 2023.

“I am not a storyteller. I am not a poet. But my sojourns among the lives at the grassroots bring me closer to untold stories and poems unheard. Using my camera, I recreate those stories and poems and the faiths ingrained in their life and existence supported and at the same time challenged by mighty waters,” says Vetrivel, who uses photography as a medium to express his empathy towards the downtrodden people.

The inaugural ceremony was held in the presence of eminent artists and luminaries including, Mr. MVM Sasikumar, Director, Velammal Educational Trust, Geethanjali Sasikumar; Geethanjali Sasikumar, Director – Academics, Velammal Knowledge Park, Murali Cheeroth, Chairman, Kerala Lalithakala Akademi; Lijin Jose, filmmaker; Marina Michale Kurisingal, movie actor among others.

The show is on till February 13, 2023.

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