Category: Projects

Forest Tales: Proposal for an Ecological Cinema

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2014, Booklet, Cover Collage + Text
For A Wicked Problem, EFA Project Space (NYC) called on artists and curators to dispose with all practical limitations and envision the most audacious, outrageous, and impossible exhibitions. They asked: “Please send us proposals for shows regardless of practical limitations—submissions may include any number of artists alive or dead (or none at all), use any locations on this planet (or off), and assume a budget that is limitless.” Fourteen of those proposals were partially realized in this show. (more…)

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Bad Girl With a Heart of Gold (performance)

 

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(2011, film/performance/neo-benshi, 45mins)
Anuj Vaidya’s Bad Girl With a Heart of Gold finds the artist in conversation with his own film of the same name. The performance explores the genealogy of the Bollywood vamp – from her origins in the Jewish stars of early Indian cinema to the iconic roles of the anglo-Indian actress Helen in the 60s/70s, and her eventual death disappearance from cinema with the rise of television. The experimental narrative weaves many of her signature roles together to pose the question: Can Helen escape her perpetual death by Bollywood?

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Aur Pacchim: Transvestites in Space

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2010, Live Performance over Silent Projection, 11mins
Aur Pacchim: Transvestites in Space is a neo-benshi reworking of the ultra-patriotic Bollywood classic ‘Purab aur Paschim/East and West’. The patriotic narrative is morphed into a queer, high-camp, science fiction fantasy about a pod of sterilized male transvestites, sent off to the moon to shop and smoke in order to save the ailing economy of Earth. (more…)

Bad Girl with a Heart of Gold

2004, Color/Sound, DV, 52mins
Anyone who knows Bollywood knows Helen, the face that launched a thousand songs and died a thousand deaths. Throughout the sixties and seventies, she was the feline fatale, always favoring a blonde wig and vampy wardrobe, cat claws at the ready. But even her bad-girl brashness couldn’t save her from a cinema that demanded her death, time and time again. (more…)