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

The Exhibition 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.
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. Our work:
Fosters research on new approaches to the curating of lens-based media art across regions.
Promotes and showcases projects in artists’ film-making, essay films, experimental documentary, video installation and photography.
Supports dialogue between different strands of filmmaking and film/art production systems in their regional contexts.
Encourages intellectual exchange between producers, educationalists and stakeholders in this field.
Produces publications in relation to South Asian film &video in contemporary art.
Artists and Curators Talk
27th March 7pm-9pm TWN, 4:30-6:30pm IST 11am-1pm GMT
Link to Join:
Introduction to the exhibition, Loss & Transience, with Curators, Zoe Yeh, Lucía Imaz King & Rashmi Sawhney, followed by a discussion with filmmaker Avijit Mukul Kishore and visual artist, Nilima Sheikh on their collaboration for the film, Garden of Forgotten Snow, and their respective artistic practice. Taiwanese artist Lee Kwei-Pi will respond as an interlocutor.
The Talk will be aired through Honggah Museum’s FB Fanpage.
Screening Event
10th, 17th and 24th. April 14:30-16:30
Film screening of Madhusree Dutta’s Seven Islands and a Metro (2006, documentary film, 100 mins)Recounting the history of migrations in Mumbai, a city in continual flux. Combining factual and fictional accounts by its inhabitants, found footage, sound installation and literary texts.
Loss & Transience 2
An online screening programme in partnership with videoclub, UK
19-27 March 2021
Selected films/video artworks from the exhibition, on a rolling program:
Link to join:
Ranbir Singh Kaleka: Man with Cockerel (6 mins) and Forest (16:00)
Gigi Scaria: No Parallel (6 mins) and Political Realism (3:00)
Avijit Mukul Kishore: Garden of Forgotten Snow (30:00)
Mochu: Wake (15:00)
Ranu Mukherjee: Home and the World (5:00)
Artists and Curators Talk
20 March 7pm-9pm TWN, 4:30-6:30pm IST 11am-1pm GMT
Link to Join:
Introduction to the exhibition, Loss & Transience by Curators, Lucía Imaz King, Rashmi Sawhney and Jamie Wyld (videoclub) followed by an artist’s talk by Gigi Scaria with public interaction.
Dates: 2021.03.12-2021.05.02
Curators: Lucía Imaz King, Rashmi Sawhney