Mitra Tabrizian | Tahireh Lal
Special Screening of 2 Video Films
THE GUILD MUMBAI
March 21 – April 7, 2012
A hit man from an
unknown Islamic country is sent to London to assassinate an
influential writer who has sought political asylum in Britain.
The film focuses on the unusual encounter between the two men; a
writer who has given up his life’s work and has lost belief in
any political intervention, and a soldier who is loosing his
loyalty. The hunter and the hunted with one thing in common:
they have nothing to lose.
The film focuses on
a fictional Islamic country.
The actual cast come from different Islamic countries: Iran,
Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon and Morocco. The intention here is to
indicate how, metaphorically speaking, fundamentalism has
created its own state, with English paradoxically as the only
common language. So the film’s use of English language is an
ironic commentary on this reality - and on the notion of
‘authenticity’ (a film or a nation cannot be ‘authentic’ unless
they express themselves in their original language) that both
the East and the West seem to perpetuate.
current ‘hype’ about Islamic fundamentalists, their suicidal
‘missions’ and consequently the homogenisation of Islam as
barbaric, ‘the predator’ is a significant departure. It portrays
an enigmatic character, a man with no expectations – no ideals,
serving an idealist Islamic system!
A new book on Mitra
Tabrizian - Another Country (Hatje Cantz, 2012) includes texts
by Homi Bhabha, David Green and Hamid Naficy. Tabrizian was born
in Tehran, Iran, lives and works in London. Tabrizian has
exhibited and published widely in major international museums
and galleries, including her recent solo exhibition at the Tate
Britain in 2008 – other solo shows include, Museum of Folkwang,
Germany, 2003, Moderna Mussset, Stockholm, Sweden, 2006 amongst
others. Her books include, Correct Distance (Corner house
publications) with an introduction by Griselda Pollock- Beyond
the Limits (Steidl 2004) with an introduction by Stuart
Hall. Her photographic and film works are represented in major
public collections, including, Victoria and Albert Museum,
London - Queensland Art Gallery/ Gallery of Modern Art- Moderna
Mussset, Stockholm - Museum Folkwang, Essen - Musée d’Art
Moderne, Luxembourg. She has received several photographic and
film awards, including AHRB (Arts and Humanities Research Board)
Innovation Awards for the film ‘The Predator’ (28 - minute film,
35 mm print,2004).
These Old Frames
These Old Frames explores
the structure and creation of a narrative using found footage.
The footage used is from Tahireh’s grandfather’s archive, films
shot by him fifty years ago, home movies on 8mm film.
Fragments of family history,
situations, events and characters unfold on an intimate canvas
but echo universal themes. Mining personal stories, common
ground and interrelationships ,helped understand her grandfather
and how he created his own identity in a free India in her
infancy. The process revolved around getting to know the man
that he was.
While recovering and analyzing
the footage and working with sound on material that was
originally silent, Tahireh found herself understanding home
movies as more than just memorabilia – as mapping microhistories
which resonate with wider explorations of personal and social
Tahireh Lal was born in New
Delhi and studied at the Srishti School of Art, Design and
Technology, Bangalore. These Old Frames is her second
exploration of personal history through the medium of Found