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Cinema and the city at NGMA

This new art exhibition at NGMA celebrates the 100 years of Indian cinema and looks at the relationship between cinema and Delhi. Gear up to watch movies in a art gallery as the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) is hosting an interesting exhibition.

art and culture Updated: Aug 16, 2012 00:14 IST
Harsimran Singh

Ask any family in the Capital about their weekend plans and the answer, most likely, would be heading to a club, watching a movie or shopping. A trip to the museum or an art gallery may run a close second.

But now, you can enjoy both, at the same time. Gear up to watch movies in a art gallery as the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) is hosting an interesting exhibition, which delves into and examines the relationship between the city and its cinema.

Commemorating 100 years of Indian cinema, the show that begins in the Capital tomorrow looks at the unique symbiotic relation between Delhi and Indian cinema, as the two have evolved over the years. The project, initiated by Majlis-an interdisciplinary arts and rights discourse centre- in collaboration with KRVIA (Kamla Raheja Institute of Architecture), has involved the works of both film-makers and artists such as Atul Dodiya, Archana Hande, Kausik Mukhopadhay, Paromita Vohra, Avijit Mukul Kishore, Kamal Swaroop, Vivan Sundaram, Arpita Singh, Mithus Sen and more.

Showcasing 12 artworks and 10 shorts films, the exhibition also consists of seminars and panel discussions. Madhusree Dutta, curator-producer, Project Cinema City: Research Art & Documentary Practices, says that the cinema and the city are nothing if not twinned. "Apart from the obvious, there are myriad of aspects to the way cinema and city influences each other. The way subjects are treated, and the way people (city) react to films and adopt or disown certain notions therein, keep changing according to times. We have explored this relationship between the city that produces cinema at an overwhelming scale and the cinema that produces the mass imagination of city, urbanity and modernity," says Dutta. Adding that a significant part of the project engaged with the hidden faces in the city that relate through an invisible network and eventually manufacture cinema.

While the other curator Archana Hande explains, "No matter how collaborative the work is, one person always has the final say. But I believe this project has been different though. While Madhusree has contributed to its theoretical backbone, others, such as me, have approached the subject visually. There's been enough scope for everyone."

The current show is a sequel to a similar show held in Mumbai in May-June 2012 and this will be followed by another show in Bangalore.