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The actor-artist as a witness. Calcutta 2020

The performative implies action and opens up questions of agency—how we live, how we identify ourselves and others, how we engage with and write history, and how we approach local versus global…

Giorgione: The Enigma Remains

The heartbeat of Venetian art all but stopped with the death of Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese. No masters of their stature emerged to replace them and Venetian art went into decline. But…

Two Hemispheres Halting In The Rann of Kachchh And Jason Allin, The ‘Chaplin Guy’

Two ‘Chaplins’, Two ‘Hemispheres’ and a Prologue It is a virtual-space-turned-the-real-space-time-story navigated through two ‘Chaplins’ living in two extreme ends of the world; one in the southern hemisphere, in the hot and…

‘Buy one, get one Free’: Female Bodies in Bollywood

In Bollywood as well as in dance reality shows, powerful plastic images of hyper-gendered male and female bodies are relentlessly recycled as commercial items to sell products, films, and lifestyle choices. Here,…

Documentary film and painting: The crisis of representation

Today, the scopic regimes of modernity in which we live, demand that even an original work of art should be reproducible, preferably by moving images.  But is it even possible/ desirable to…

The Magic of Kerala’s Animated Masks

Masks have their distinctive space in traditional art forms across Kerala, enriching the visual appeal of a range of performance spaces in the state. Of varied sizes, shapes, and looks, they tend…