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Interview | Eye of the beholder: Pushpamala N

Interview | Eye of the beholder: Pushpamala N | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"Pushpamala N (born in 1965) is a Bangalore based photography and video performance artist. Starting out as a sculptor with an interest in narrative figuration, Pushpamala N eventually took to casting her own body as various characters and personae in the medium of photo-performance. Interested in exploring photography as a medium of narrative fiction, she drew heavily from the history and traditions of cinema for her work. Recently she has also been using experimental short films, live performances and sculptural tableaux to explore the ideas that fascinate her. In this interview she talks about the synergy between movies and photographs, takes us into the fantastical and intriguing world of her art, discusses her work and traces its roots in cinema, explains her oeuvre that stands firmly in the middle-ground between film and photography and tells us that, in India, cinema and photography both created and recorded the country’s modernity."

 

Photograph by Pushpamal N | The Big Indian Picture

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Jugaad | Lights, camera, metaphysics: photography and performance, twice.

Jugaad | Lights, camera, metaphysics: photography and performance, twice. | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"Tolstoy famously wrote in 1896 that art 'is a human activity consisting in this, that one man consciously, by means of certain external signs, hands on to others feelings he has lived through, and that other people are infected by these feelings and also experience them.' There was a great deal of skepticism among the late Romantics as to whether photography carried the potential for this sort of affective communication—its indexical candor seemed to belong to the world of matter, not spirit. But this two-part series of self-portraits by Sher-gil, titled 'Moods of Metaphysical Emotions,'makes a game attempt, overwhelming any superficial naturalism with meticulous staging and, in the process, communicating something of the ineffable activity of contemplation, by making visible what is otherwise hidden, and imaging the self in action..."

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Exhibition in Delhi | Pushpamala N., The Drama of Three Women

Exhibition in Delhi | Pushpamala N., The Drama of Three Women | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it
The series Avega - The Passion, by Indian artist Pushpamala N. is currently on display at the Nature Morte Gallery in New Delhi. The photographic story focuses on three feminine figures of Ramayana, one of the two Indian mythological sagas written in Sanskrit between the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC.
With this new series, the artist continues her reflection about iconographic references in Indian popular culture. Here, she explores the Ramayana, the foundation of Hinduism, known and shared by all in India. Like her previous works, she photographs herself, role playing the three principal heroines of the story.

 

You can read Sybile Girault's complete text in the French version of La Lettre.

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