Notes From Another India: Sutapa Biswas & Pratibha Parmar, 26 September 2017

Pavilion & Hyde Park Picture House present three screenings of artists’ film & video in search of alternative representations of India.

Bringing together the work of Pratibha Parmar and Sutapa Biswas, this screening reflects on the experiences and perceptions of Indian diaspora in the Britain in the 1980s.

The programme includes a rare screening of Biswas’ 1984 work, Kali, made whilst studying at the University of Leeds and shown the following year as part of A Thin Black Line at the ICA. The video documents a ritualistic performance before a small audience in Leeds, and featuring the participation of Biswas’ tutor at the time Griselda Pollock: "I was made to function as an icon of imperialism around which Biswas's enactments of resistance would be performed.”

Parmar’s film Memory Pictures revolves around a profile of the gay Indian photographer Sunil Gupta and issues of sexual and racial identity in Britain. Presented alongside Sari Red, a visual poem made in memory of Kalbinder Kaur Hayre, a young Indian woman killed in 1985 in a racist attack in Britain.

A 40-minute conversation between Biswas and Pollock will follow the screening.

Memory Pictures (Pratibha Parmar, 1989, 25 min)
Sari Red (Pratibha Parmar, 1988, 13 min
Kali (Sutapa Biswas, 1984/5, 24 min)

26 September, 6.30–8.30pm
Hyde Park Picture House
73 Brudenell Road
Hyde Park Picture House

Free / suggested donation £5. Book online here.

Supported by Film Hub North, led by Showroom Workstation. Part of the BFI Film Audience Network.

  • Notes From Another India: Sutapa Biswas & Pratibha Parmar, 26 September 2017