Pavilion and Hyde Park Picture House present Notes from Another India, a free programme of artists’ film and video in search of alternative representations of India, from August to October 2017.
Notes from Another India looks at representations of the city of Kolkata and Indian life in Britain in the 1980s, and asks questions about where we are and where we come from – both culturally and geographically.
The series opens with three perspectives on Kolkata. Ruchir Joshi’s Tales From Planet Kolkata (1993) mocks the western gaze of foreign filmmakers, whilst paying homage to their work. Mark Lapore’s 16 mm films, The Glass System (2000) and Kolkata (2005), confront the tangled relationship between ethnography and individual subjectivity, as he observes the ebb and flow of humanity on the streets of Kolkata.
The second screening brings together the work of Pratibha Palmer and Sutapa Biswas to reflect on the experiences and perceptions of Indian diaspora in the Britain in the 1980s. Biswas will be joined in conversation with art historian Griselda Pollock following a rare screening of her 1984 work, Kali, made whilst studying at the University of Leeds.
Will Rose, Pavilion Film Programmer said, “Each screening brings a new perspective on the way India, Indian life and culture, and perceptions of the ‘East’ might be challenged, redressed and complicated when looked at through the lens of filmmakers and artists whose work lies firmly outside the mainstream.”
Notes from Another India concludes with the work of leading contemporary Indian artist-filmmaker Shambhavi Kaul. Daughter of filmmaker Mani Kaul, her work is informed by a lifelong engagement with cinema in India. Constructed from found films, television and her own footage, Kaul combines different textures of moving image materials and temporal strategies to create familiar yet unlocatable sensations of place.
Notes from Another India takes place between August and October 2017 at Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds. Supported by Film Hub North, part of the BFI Film Audience Network.