Pallavi Paul

Pallavi Paul
Pallavi Paul, ‘Shabdkosh (A Dictionary)’, 2013, courtesy of the artist and Project 88, Mumbai
'Shabdkosh (A Dictionary)' 2013
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'Shabdkosh (A Dictionary)' occurs in the silences between poems. A contemplation of the need to be heard against the imperatives of forgetting. Many forms of 'last records' are conjured to create 'deceased time'. A time that is not simply un-alive but has a force much beyond the world of the living. Salvador Allende's haunting last speech hangs in the air mingling with Vidrohi's obsession with being recorded, while images of hunters and the hunted slowing trickle in. All these together form the skin of the question that Spicer asks of Lorca - 'What did you want to do with a poem once it was over?' Should 'silence' and 'records' always be placed antithetically, or can a new imagination of practice emerge from the world of the forgotten and the misplaced.

Pallavi Paul's works have been shown at Tate Modern, London; Edinburgh Art Festival; Hundred Years of Experimentation (1913- 2013) Retrospective of Indian Cinema and Video, Mumbai; Experimenta Film Festival, Bangalore; Mumbai Film Festival. She has been an artist in Residence at Delfina Foundation, London; Vancouver Biennale; KHOJ Intl. Artists' Association, New Delhi and SARAI City as Studio, New Delhi. Paul is also the recipient of several fellowships including Charles Wallace India Trust and Inlaks Sivdasani Foundation fellowship (in collaboration with Delfina Foundation); India Foundation for the Arts, Public Service Broadcasting Trust Fellowship and pad.ma fellowship. She currently lives and works in New Delhi.

Work selected by Emily Butler