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In conjunction with Chitra Ganesh’s exhibition Her garden, a mirror , The Kitchen is pleased present an evening of historical and contemporary experimental short films from India curated by filmmakers Shai Heredia and Shumona Goel. Despite a long and internationally celebrated cinematic tradition, the Indian avant-garde is much lesser known to American audiences than the many canonical works of its feature-length cinema. These films by Pramod Pati, Ruchir Joshi, SNS Sastry, and Goel & Heredia offer a small window onto India’s extensive and eclectic avant-garde cinematic landscape, while also connecting to themes explored in Ganesh’s exhibition, such as the organization of the self in relation to the organization of the city, and others.
Shai Heredia, filmmaker and founding director of EXPERIMENTA, the moving image art biennial in Bangalore, will present this program in person.
September 15, 7pm
Abid (1972) by Pramod Pati
“Unlike a cartoon film, which is a rapidly moving series of photographed drawings, in pixilation, a moving object is shot frame by frame, and then through clever editing made to appear in motion. By its nature, this movement is agile, energetic and unpredictable just like the pop art movement.”
Tales From Planet Kolkata (1993) by Ruchir Joshi
A personal film about a city that may only exist in a film or on TV; a film about various dreams about Calcutta. It starts with a variation on the first image of Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now and then takes the spectator through a strange file full of ideas and images of the city–some from Hollywood films and some from European television. The commentators are a local traditional painter and an African American video artist from New York.
This Bit Of That India (1972) by SNS Sastry
A layered refection on youth culture, diversity, progress, education, technology, and sexuality, this film juxtaposes documentary moments that celebrate individual freedom with a theatrical performance of Federico Garcia Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba, as a metaphor for repression and conformity.
I Am Micro (2012) by Shumona Goel & Shai Heredia
Shot in the passages of an abandoned optics factory and centered on the activities of a low-budget film crew, I Am Micro is an experimental essay about filmmaking, the medium of film, and the spirit of making independent cinema.
Special thanks to Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at NYU, Contemporary Aesthetics Research Collaborative, and Asia Art Archive.
Chitra Ganesh: Her garden, a mirror is made possible with support from a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant; annual grants from Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts, and The Cowles Charitable Trust; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Image: Pramod Pati
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