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Loss and Transience: An Exhibition of Moving Image Artworks and Documentary Films from India

Film Still: The Ghetto Girl. India-USA 2013

The Ghetto Girl is part of an Exhibition at The Hong-Gah-Museum, Taiwan, that brings a selection of works in documentary film and artists’ video by ten contemporary artists/filmmakers living and working in India today, including artists of Indian heritage based internationally. The films are linked by their protagonists’ state of transience at key moments within the films providing numerous insights into how day-to-day realities are being catalysed to affect change, but also to reflect on present political and environmental concerns. Participating artists/filmmakers: Ayisha Abraham, Ambarien Alqadar, Abhinava Bhattacharyya, Madhusree Dutta, Ranbir Singh Kaleka, Avijit Mukul Kishore, Mochu , Ranu Mukherjee, Devshree Nath and Gigi Scaria. Collectively the films are examples of rendering new worlds through improvisation which cannot exist ‘in the real world’; an approach that is re-constructive and playful; allowing for adaptation to the challenges of the environment whilst critically questioning our role within it.

Curators: Lucía Imaz King, Rashmi Sawhney, VisionMix

VisionMix is a curatorial network promoting moving image artworks and films produced in (and about) South Asian culture. This network fosters international alliances that generate exhibitions, screenings, publications and wider public debate. Its activities provide platforms for collaboration and the sharing of practices amongst film and video makers, scholars and curators internationally around the nexus of programmed activities. VisionMix’s associates are resident in India, the UK and the US with guest collaborators contributing from Pakistan and other nations. The artworks and films generated by these associates have spanned topics such as environmental and urban ecologies, citizen rights and artists’, as well as cultural critics’ transformative agency. We generate public involvement in exhibitions, screenings, publications and online networking locally and internationally.

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