We are pleased to announce that Anjali Monteiro and KP Jayasankar will be participating as invited artists at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018. You are invited to view their installation based on their work Saacha – The Loom at the Biennlale. The core of the installation is the film Saacha, which will run at the hour, everyday, between Dec 12, 2018 and March 29, 2019.
For more about the film do visit the website here.
Saacha – The Loom, 49 mins, 2001
The fabric of the city emerged from the warp and weft of diverse threads, from the labour of migrant communities that made Bombay/Mumbai their own. The cotton mills and the proletariat that worked in them were central to the creation of the city. Through the poetry of Narayan Surve, the paintings of Sudhir Patwardhan, the music of the Shahir Amar Shaikh Cultural Troupe and the filmmakers’ images of a precarious yet resilient space, Saacha chronicles the changing life and times of a city that was once the hub of the working class movement in India. Weaving together poetry and paintings with memories of the city, the film explores the politics of representation, the relevance of art in the contemporary social milieu, the dilemmas of the left and the trade union movement and the changing face of a huge metropolis. Saacha, filmed in 2000, when the cotton textile industry was in the final stages of its decline, brings to bear an intimate and perceptive gaze on the lifeworld of the mills and their workers, which has since been totally erased from the history and geography of the city.
An adaptation of Saacha was an installation at the art exhibition ‘Project Space: Word. Sound. Power.’ at the Tate Modern, London, in 2013; and at Khoj, New Delhi in 2014.