Films on contemporary Indian Art at The fd Zone: July 13
Organizers: The fd Zone, Films Division, Mumbai
THROUGH THE EYES OF A PAINTER
Films Division, 35mm, B/W, 18 min, Hindi, 1967
Direction – MF Husain
Experimentation – Jehan Bhownagry
Camera – JS Ralhan
Sound – J Raghavendra Rao
Editing – UK Wadke
Music – Vijay Raghav Rao
MF Husain, on the invitation of Jehan Bhownagry made an experimental film for Films Division in the 20th year of India’s independence. He visited Rajasthan and filmed landscapes, faces, architecture and water. Everywhere he sought abstraction. His recurring motifs were a lantern, an umbrella, a cow and a shoe, that appear in the most unexpected of places. In the midst of all this are Husain’s iconic images of the Indian peasant – a man and a woman, united by Vijay Raghav Rao’s sound design.
TO LET THE WORLD IN, VOLUME 2
HD video, Colour and B/W, 53 min, 2013
English and Hindi
Cinematography and direction – Avijit Mukul Kishore
Curatorial concept and interviews – Chaitanya Sambrani
Sound recording – Suresh Rajamani
Editing – Rikhav Desai
Sound post-production – Gissy Michael
Assistant director and cinematographer – Sagar Shiriskar
Producer – Sanjay Tulsyan, Art Chennai
The second volume of “To Let The World In” starts with the tumultuous context of art practice on the cusp of India’s economic liberalisation and the re-assertion of religious fundamentalism in Indian politics. The altered context for art-making in a globalised environment, the crisis in art education in the 1990s are the preoccupations of this group of contemporary artists who need to frequently reinvent themselves to adjust to a changing world. An engagement with history, subjectivity and the politics of place find prominence in their work.
The artists featured in this volume are Anju Dodiya, Archana Hande, Benitha Perciyal, Sharmila Samant, Parvathi Nayar, Riyas Komu, Tushar Joag, Shilpa Gupta, Josh P.S., Gargi Raina, Sumakshi Singh, T.V. Santhosh, Nataraj Sharma, Anandajit Ray, Gigi Scaria, Reena Saini Kallat and Jitish Kallat.
The film was produced by Art Chennai, to accompany the show “To Let The World In: Narrative and Beyond in Contemporary Indian Art”, curated by Chaitanya Sambrani, held in Chennai in 2012.
Venue: RR Theatre, 10th Floor, Films Division, Pedder Road, Mumbai
Date: Saturday 13th July
Time: 4 PM onwards
Entry: Free/Open to all