Hortus Malabaricus

The Wanted Land focused on the cultural exchange that has occurred over the past 350 years on the Malabar Coast between the Dutch and the local population. The production of the Hortus Malabaricus and the knowledge contained within it is still significant today. It also forms the conceptual focal point of the works that were on display in the exact location where historians believe the Hortus Malabaricus was originally produced. This exhibition consisted of 3 video installations, one in each of the main rooms at David Hall, combined with archival objects and indigenous plants contributed by the local community (Tapovanam) that are contained within the Hortus Malabaricus. In the main gallery a copy of the Latin edition as well as a 2008 version in Malayalam was on view for visitors to peruse its beautiful drawings and to witness the first printing of Malayalam. By mapping specific traces of colonial encounters still visible today, this exhibition examines the VOC’s taking, undertakings and un-doings that still form a part of Fort Cochin’s contemporary landscape. Like the Hortus Malabaricus these video installations work beyond their depicted material; they are a compendium of local knowledge and experience ordered and extended.

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Submitted by SIVANANDA SHENOY on

It is not kOLKANI .Brahmins. "Kolkani'' to be curected as KONKANI brahmin. Konkani was there mother language. They were migrated from Konkan coast during 1505 to 1560 AD. They were from Gowda Saraswatha Brahmin Community.