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Over The Rainbow

Installation on Travelling Cinemas

16 - 25 February 2013, 10 am - 7 pm
(Closed on Sundays and public holidays)

Opening: Friday, 15 February 2013, 6 pm
Talk by the artists at 7 pm

Siddhartha Hall
Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan
3, Kasturba Gandhi Marg
New Delhi 110001

Entry free

Travelling Cinemas An experience in seeing, inspired by the world of traveling cinemas. An experience that is unique to the mobility and embodiment of the touring cinemas. They journey to faraway villages, bringing the big screen experience to their patrons every year. They traverse landscapes- transforming them, knitting image itineraries, offering gateways to what lies beyond, conjuring imagination out of the mundane.

What lies on the other side, over the rainbow, are the strains of the imagination. Believing in it, we see it.

The traveling cinemas of Maharashtra:
Every year, a little after the rains as the crops are gathered and the last few strands burned to the ground, it is time for the festivities to begin in rural Maharashtra. Traveling with the jatras- the religious fairs, not very far from the cinema capital of India- Mumbai, the touring talkies hawk an eclectic mix of films.

The story of the traveling cinemas takes us back to the mid 1940s, when, pioneers from neighbouring villages carted off cinema projectors, many of them Bauer, of German make, and film reels by the kilo, into the jatras. Until today, the cinemas continue to visit villages that lie far from fixed site theatres, becoming indispensable to the cultural milieu of rural Maharashtra.

The artists
Amit Madheshiya and Shirley Abraham locate, narrate and reimagine the story of the traveling tent cinemas through their research and artistic interventions. This work is supported by India Foundation for the Arts Bangalore; Cluster of Excellence Heidelberg; and the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan. The work has been part of solo and group exhibitions worldwide. For his work, Amit won the World Press Photo in 2011. He also won the World Photography award in 2009 and 2011 and the Grand Prize at the Humanity Photo Awards.

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