German artist Mario Pfeifer has done shows around the world, from Berlin and Bangkok to Los Angeles. Now, the artist will be showcasing his first solo exhibition in Mumbai at Project 88 this entire month. Pfeifer, whose works explore representational structures and conventions in the medium of film, will be presenting his much-acclaimed installation project, A Formal Film In Nine Episodes, Epilogue & Prologue (2010).
The multi-layered, visually compelling and critically challenging film project was shot on 35mm colour negative in single takes. For this particular project, the Pfeifer roped in two people from Mumbai, Gopal and Nandani, who albeit unfamiliar with the process of producing a conceptual film, were highly knowledgeable about the city’s local culture, language and traditions. “It was five months of intense research. The collaboration with lay actors as well as professionals from diverse backgrounds let me interact and experience India, especially Mumbai, in a wonderful way,” says Pfeifer.
After finishing work on the film, Pfeifer went back to Germany to work on a companion novel, A Formal Film in Nine Episodes, Prologue and Epilogue-A Critical Reader. On the eve of the film’s maiden screening in India (on April 27), Pfeifer also launched the book. He insists that being in constant touch with his Mumbai team furthermore enriched his experience. “It made me think critically about the project. I look forward to hearing how it will be discussed in the city of its making,” he says.