11: Shambhavi Kaul
A survey of Shambhavi Kaul’s work over the past decade, moving backwards from her most recent film Hijacked to her early investigations into the Indian landscape and its representation in works such as Scene 32 and 21 Chitrakoot. This program also includes some of Kaul’s recent gallery-based work as well as a reading by the artist. As Andréa Picard has written, a “strange yet familiar sense of place” dominates Shambhavi Kaul’s work. Her cinematic constructions conjure uncanny, science-fictive non-places. Whether working with found footage or with her own images, Kaul’s work looks at the cinematic construction of place, and inevitably with it, that of identity. Shambhavi Kaul: “If earlier conceptions of cinema presupposed the movie theatre’s discrete experience, in a world where images surround us, I see my work as acts of re-circulation that may unearth genealogies of appropriation by the camera and by cinema”. Shambhavi Kaul was born in Jodhpur, India, and lives and works in Durham, North Carolina, USA.
In the presence of Shambhavi Kaul.