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Kochi: For Seychelles Vice President Vincent Meriton, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) is an event that gives people “the hope to live by putting art at the centre of life.”

Among a host of high-ranking officials and foreign representatives to visit the ongoing third edition of the Biennale, Meriton spent time looking at the exhibits at primary venue Aspinwall House in Fort Kochi.

“The Biennale puts art at the centre of life, something that one would have never thought was possible. The event allows us to dwell not only within the realms and mind spaces of the artist, but of everybody who visits this space. We need to appreciate each other irrespective of the boundaries and differences between us. And this festival keeps our hopes alive,” he said.

Meriton noted that he was especially moved by Chilean poet Raúl Zurita’s installation ‘Sea of Pain’ and Hungarian artist István Csákány’s ‘Ghost Keeping’.

The list of visiting dignitaries included Harinder Sidhu, Australian High Commissioner to India; Ilse Dauwe, Belgian diplomat and Sultan Saif Al-Mahrouqi, a government representative of the Sultanate of Oman.