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Art’s in the reel world now

Explore the unique video art medium with artist Sarnath Banerjee’s animated feature on power and other art clips.

art and culture Updated: Sep 26, 2011 01:19 IST
Aakriti Sawhney
Aakriti Sawhney
Hindustan Times

In the year 2009, Renu Modi of Gallery Espace started a very different and refreshing concept in the Delhi art circuit, Video Wednesdays. Under this, the gallery showed art videos by artists from different parts of the country on various issues. This continued for a year, and after a break, the Video Wednesdays are now back in the Capital.

Curated by Gayatri Sinha, the second edition will see more issue-based movies from artists from India and China. It’s a year-long event that will take place on the last Wednesday of every month. “These works have never been seen in Delhi before,” says Sinha. She also feels that by showcasing such mediums in art, they are raising the bar for art and artists in Delhi. “Such kind of events will also bring in a lot of awareness towards this medium,” says Sinha. According to Modi, “I feel video is one medium that lots of contemporary artists want to explore.” Sinha adds, “The only difference between an art video and any other video is the intention with which it’s made. They are unlike those videos which are made for family entertainment.”

The event that will mark the beginning of Video Wednesdays on September 28 will see four art videos on the first day. Sarnath Banerjee’s video, Sophistication Is Fragile, is the opening video. Made in 2009, it’s based on real images and drawings by Banerjee. The video ironically considers humanity’s insatiable lust for power and its fanatical political and religious excesses, from Europe to Asia. “All the four videos are completely different from each other. There is no relation amongst them and I think that is the richness of these movies,” says Sinha.

Other movies lined up for the day are An Empty Bench by Surekha, I Think Of My Brother’s Only One Child Named Deepthi…… Baptist Coelho and Playing Bazaar by Monali Meher.

First Published: Sep 25, 2011 16:38 IST