Baphlimali 173 is a film about the resistance movement of the Kashipur tribals in South Orissa against bauxite mining and aluminum companies.
It is a film about globalisation and tribal consciousness, a brief glimpse into an 8 year long struggle that is pushing out powerful Indian and international companies from the tribal lands in the Eastern Ghats in Orissa, India.
Freedom is a documentary film about nature and captivity, about working people resisting an onslaught on their livelihoods, about democracy, profit and the sound of the rain.
From the British colonial empire to the globalisation of today, from the anti mining tribal resistance in Kashipur and Gandhmardhan in Orissa, the mass movements in Chattisgarh to the coastal communities in their struggle against big ports and industrial parks in Kutch and Umbergaon, – the film Freedom documents and presents insights into many different peoples struggles in India.
Is it possible to understand the passage of time through poetry?
And if you could, for one special moment, then would it be possible to see the future?
The film travels across India trying to understand the past, the severity of conflict and the cycles of change. The different poetic narratives merge together, allowing us to see a more universal language of symbols and meanings. The moment when this merger in the mind takes place is the moment of prophecy.
‘A Night of Prophecy’ is a film about poetry, songs and the passage of time through multiple journeys along fault lines in a democracy. Interrogating the nation, its history and future the film and the poets open up an underbelly seldom experienced.
The Lightning Testimonies is a multi-channel video installation that reflects upon a history of conflict in the Indian subcontinent through experiences of sexual violence. In this exploration, multiple submerged narratives are revealed, sometimes in people, images and memories, and at other times in objects from nature and everyday life that stand as silent but surviving witnesses. In all the narratives, the body becomes central – as a site for honour, hatred and humiliation and also for dignity and protest.
The Lightning Testimonies creates an experience that emerges from a constellation of eight synchronized choreographed projections with sound tracks that lead to disparate narratives that then converge into a single projection. As the stories unfold, women from different times and regions come forward. The multiple projections speak to them directly, in an effort to understand how such violence is resisted, remembered and recorded by individuals and communities. Submerged narratives appear, disappear and are then reborn in another vocabulary at another time. Using a range of visual vocabularies, The Lightning Testimonies hopes to transport us beyond the realm of suffering into a space of quiet contemplation, where resilience creates the potential for transformation.
Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai, India
Assam State Museum, Guwahati, India
International Art Encounter of Medellín, Colombia
Art Institute of Chicago, USA
Kemper Museum, St Louis, USA
Kiran Nadar Museum, New Delhi, India
Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland
MAC-Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, France
Fondazione MAXXI, Rome, Italy
October Salon, Belgrade, Serbia
Sao Paulo Biennale, Brasil
Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark
Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland
Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, USA
Göteborg Biennial, Sweden
Astrup Fernley Museum, Oslo, Norway
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand
Serpentine Gallery, London, England
Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
TBA 21, Vienna, Austria
Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France
Documenta 12, Kassel,Germany