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Interview | Film Director Kamal Swaroop

Interview | Film Director Kamal Swaroop | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"Film director Kamal Swaroop has been involved for the last 20 years in rehabilitating the figure of Dadasaheb Phalke in diverse ingenious ways. Here, he talks to Abhay Sardesai about entering the portals of history and communing with ghosts from the past."

Interview by Abhay Sardesai | ArtIndia 

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Exhibition at NGMA | 'Project Cinema City'

Exhibition at NGMA | 'Project Cinema City' | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"Organised by the National Gallery of Modern Art and Ministry of Culture to commemorate 100 years of Indian cinema, Project Cinema City brings together more than 20 artists, designers, technicians and architects in a collaborative show that excavates the connections between the Hindi film industry and the city of Bombay/Bambai/Mumbai, which is both the real-life site of its birth and the imaginary locale where so many of its narratives unfold.

The traits of urban modernity—anonymity, artifice, technology, speed—are echoed in our experience of cinema. Project Cinema City contains several art works that draw on these connections, inviting us to enter a space of fantasy that’s as much about the excitement and frisson of the city as it is about the pleasures of the cinematic. The first of these is a collaborative audio-visual piece that involves a series of women talking of the experience of watching films. One woman talks of how she missed out on a family expedition to the first air-conditioned theatre (Liberty) to show a Hindi film, yet another reminisces about the women of the family doing ‘full-make-up’ in the cinema bathroom so that they were actually late for the movie.... "

 

Photo : 'Fearless Nadia to the Rescue", a frame from 'Return of the Phantom Lady' by Pushpamala N.

 

Article by Trisha Gupta | Open Magazine

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Exhibition in Kolkata | Natasha de Betak, Nightshade

Exhibition in Kolkata | Natasha de Betak, Nightshade | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"It is a disorienting and, at the same time, a curiously gripping experience to walk into Nightshade, an exhibition of photographs by Natasha de Betak, presented by Experimenter (February 17-March 31). The walls do not have a lot, yet the exhibition space seems intangibly stirred by dreams, fleeting memories and allusions generated by the photographs that are displayed. The photographs come from two series, Nightshade and Impulse, both born out of de Betak’s travels in India. It is as though the two sets explore the amorphous, shifting worlds that crowd into and around sleep — one gazing on sleep from the outside, as if to uncover its nature by presenting its real, yet mysterious, physicality, and the other inhabiting moments or wandering regions in dream and fancy, in memory, longing and fear..."

Bhaswati Chakravorty in The Telegraph

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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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"At a theatre not near you" | The Travelling Tent Cinemas of Maharashtra, by Amit Madheshiya

"At a theatre not near you" | The Travelling Tent Cinemas of Maharashtra, by Amit Madheshiya | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"The focus of The Travelling Tent Cinemas of Maharashtra, an exhibition of photographs that took place at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library as part of the recent Humanities in Ferment conference, is predominantly the audience. The photos literally take members of the audience out of the darkness of the hall, or shall we say tent, and shows them in their various moods, locked in the gaze of cinema.

 

The impulse to document the travelling cinemas was borne out of their absence in any form of mainstream records, say Amit Madheshiya and Shirley Abraham, photographers and researchers based in Mumbai who have been travelling with the cinemas for about four years now. “When we saw the cinemas, we were intrigued by it and curious to see the literature on them. They have not been written about in mainstream history, apart from being treated as a unit of distribution...”

 

Photograph by Amit Madheshya | The full series is available at http://amitmadheshiya.photoshelter.com/

Article by Budhaditya Bhattacharya | The Hindu

 

See also this 2011 article on the same subject

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-fridayreview/article2574997.ece

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