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Ashish Avikunthak

Ashish Avikunthak has been making films in India since the mid nineties. His films have been shown worldwide in film festivals, galleries and museums. He has made a half dozen short films and three feature films – Shadows Formless (2007), Katho Upanaishad (2011) and Rati Chakravyuh (2013). His films have been shown at Tate Modern, London, Centre George Pompidou, Paris, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, along with London, Locarno, Rotterdam, and Berlin film festivals among other locations. He has had retrospective of his works at Goethe Institute, Calcutta (2004), Les Inattendus, Lyon (2006), Yale University (2008) and the National Centre

for Performing Arts, Mumbai (2008), Festival International Signes de Nuit, Paris (2012) and 7th Signs Film Festival, Trivandrum (2013). He has a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Stanford University and is now an Asst. Professor of Film and Media at the University of Rhode Island.

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Aapothkalin Trikalika | The Kali of Emergency
27 June - 22 July
2017

During social and political turmoil what is the manifestation of divine intervention? How do the Gods and Goddess act in the volatility of the contemporary world? If they walk on earth as men and women, how they endure the chaos of modernity? Centering on the terrible and the majestic incarnations of Goddess Kali and her celestial avatars, this film is a metaphysical contemplation in times of perpetual emergencies.

CREDITS

Screenplay, Director & Producer: Ashish Avikunthak
Cinematography: Basab Mullick
Editing: Pankaj Rishi Kumar, Nikon, Ashish Avikunthak
Dialogue: Moloy Mukherjee
Cast:  Ruma Poddar, Saswati Biswas, Sharmistha Nag,  Siddhartha Banerjee, Sandeep Mukherjee, Sougata Mukherjee, Marylea Madiman, Satakshi Nandi, Saheli Goswami, Mishka Halim.
Sound Design: Sukanta Mazumdar
Co-Producer: Kristina Konrad weltfilm GmbH Berlin

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Language: Bengali
Color: Color & B&W
Format: DCP
Runtime: 79 Minutes
Country: India & Germany
Year: 2016

Gallery hours:
Tuesday – Saturday
11am – 7pm
Screening times: 12pm | 3pm | 5pm

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2015
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27 June - 2 August
2014
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10 August - 22 September
2012
Katho Upanishad
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29 June - 28 July
2012
Vakratunda Swaha
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2010

Profile

b. 1972

Education:
2007   Ph.D., Cultural & Social Anthropology, Stanford University, USA
2002   M.A., Cultural & Social Anthropology, Stanford University, USA
1996   M.A., Ancient Indian History Culture and Archaeology, Deccan College Post-Graduate &Research Institute, Pune, IN
1994   B.A., Social Work, Bombay University, IN

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2015   Deathlessness, Apeejay Arts Galley, New Delhi, IN
2014   Rati Chakravyuh, Aicon Gallery, New York, USA
2014   Rati Chakravyuh, Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, IN
2012   Katho Upanishad, Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, IN
2012   Vakratunda Swaha & Kalighat Fetish, Aicon Gallery, New York, USA
2010   Vakratunda Swaha, Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, IN
2009   Endnote,  Aicon Gallery, London, UK
2005   Foot Fetish, Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, Calcutta, IN
2004   Calcutta Street Portraits, Goethe Institut, Max Muller Bhavan, Calcutta, IN
1999   Still Life and Bridge, Piramal Galley, Center for Photography as an Art Form, National Centre for Performing Arts, Bombay, IN

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2014   Social Factory, 10th Shanghai Biennale
2014   Black Sun, Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi, IN
2013   Hundred Years of Experimentation (1913-2013): A Retrospective of Indian cinema and video, Mumbai, IN
2012   Modern Monsters/Death and Life of Fiction, Taipei Biennial 2012
2012   Filament, Experimenter Gallery, Calcutta, IN
2012   fiVe, Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, IN
2011   You Don’t Belong: Pasts and Futures of Indian Cinema, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou &Kunming, China
2011   Generation in Transition. New Art from India, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland
2011   Paris-Delhi-Bombay, Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France
2010   Royale with Cheese, Aicon Gallery, London, UK
2009   Re-Frame, Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France
2009   Re-Frame, Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark
2009   Indian Experimental Films, La casa Encindida, Madrid, Spain
2008   Cinema of Prayoga, National Centre for Performing Arts, Bombay, IN
2006   Lightcone, Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France
2006   Cinema of Prayoga, Tate Modern, London, UK
2005   Indian Experimental Films, Cinema-Nova, Brussels, Belgium

Published DVD:
2012   Vakratunda Swaha published in the DVD “Human Frames-Impermanence”, Lowave, Paris, France
2009   Endnote published in the DVD “Re: Frame” – A collection of experimental films from India by Lowave, Paris, France

Filmography:
2011   Katho Upanishad, 35mm / DCP, Color, 82 minutes
2010   Vakratunda Swaha, 35mm, Color and B&W, 22 minutes
2007   Shadows Formless (Nirakar Chhaya), 35mm, Color and B&W, 82 minutes
2005   End Note (Antraal), 16mm, Color and B&W, 18 minutes
2002   Performing Death, DV, Color, 16 minutes
2001   Dancing Othello (Brihnnlala Ki Khelkali), 16mm, Color and B&W, 17 minutes
2001   Rummaging for Pasts: Excavating Sicily, Digging Bombay, DV, Color, 27 minutes
1999   Kalighat Fetish (Kalighat Athikatha), 16mm, Color and B&W, 22 minutes
1998   Et Cetera, 16mm, Color, 32 minutes

Awards & Honors:
2011   Open Doors Co-Production Lab, Locarno Film Festival, Swtitzerland
2011    Long List, The Skoda Prize for Indian Contemporary Art, IN
2008   Best Director, Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival, New York, USA
2001   Best Documentary, Tampere International Short Film Festival, Finland

Retrospectives:

2015    Centre for Moving Image Arts, Bard College, New York, USA
2015    Apeejay Arts Gallery, New Delhi, IN
2014    Plan9, Gallery Fotografic, Prague
2014    Rice University Chao Fil Festival, Houston, USA
2013    Signs Festival, Trivandrum, IN
2012    Film Division, Mumbai, IN
2012    Festival International Signes de Nuit, Paris, France
2008   National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai, IN
2008   Whitney Humanities Centre, Yale University, USA
2006   Les Inattendus, Lyon, France
2004   Goethe Institute, Max Muller Bhavan, Calcutta, India

Film Festivals, Gallery & Museums Screenings:
Katho Upanishad, 2011
2015      Apeejay Arts Gallery, New Delhi
2014     University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
2012     Film & Television Institute of India, Pune
2012     Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, IN
2011     Mumbai International Film Festival, Mumbai, IN

Vakratunda Swaha, 2010
2015      Apeejay Arts Gallery, New Delhi
2014      Plan9, Gallery Fotografic, Prague
2014      Rice University Chao Film Festival, Houston
2014      Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait
2012      You Don’t Belong: Pasts and Futures of Indian Cinema, Hong Kong
2012      Modern Monsters / Death and Life of Fiction, Taipei Biennial 2012
2011      Human Frames, Kunst-im-Tunnel, Düsseldorf, Germany
2011      Kolektiva, Ljubljana, Slovania
2011      You Don’t Belong: Pasts and Futures of Indian Cinema, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou & Kunming, China
2011      Generation in Transition. New Art from India, Zacheta National Gallery for Art, Warsaw, Poland
2011      Paris-Delhi-Bombay, Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France
2011      Rotterdam International Film Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2010     Jordan International Film Festival, Jordan
2010     Hamburg International Short Film Festival, Hamburg, Germany
2010     Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, IN

Shadows Formless, 2007
*Best Director, Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival, New York, USA
*Best Actress, Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival, New York, USA
2014      Rice University Chao Film Festival, Houston
2009     Asian Hot Shots, Berlin, Germany
2008     International Forum of New Cinema, Calcutta, IN
2008     India Visions, Washington D.C., USA
2007     Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival, New York, USA
2008     International Film Festival Innsbruck, Austria
2008     Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore
2007     Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland

Endnote, 2005
2015      Apeejay Arts Gallery, New Delhi
2014      Plan9, Gallery Fotografic, Prague
2014      Rice University Chao Film Festival, Houston
2010     Human Frames, The Substation, Singapore
2010     Human Frames, Asian Hot Shots, Berlin, Germany
2010     Tramway Café Bar, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
2009    Aicon Gallery, London, UK
2009    Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark
2009    Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France
2008    Jerusalem Film Festival, Jerusaleum, Israel
2008    Expanded Forum, Berlin International Film Festival, Berlin, Germany
2007    River to River, Florence Indian Film Festival, Italy
2007    Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival, New York, USA
2007    International Bunker Film Festival, Italy
2007    Tongues on Fire – Asian Woman Film Festival, London, UK
2007    Let It BE! A Festival of Independent Films, Mumbai, IN
2007    San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
2007    International Film Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2006    European Media Art Festival, Osnabruck, Germany
2006    Images Festival, Toronto, Canada
2006    Bangkok International Film Festival, Bangkok

Performing Death, 2002
2002    Annual Conference, European Association of Archaeology, Thessaloniki, Greece

Dancing Othello, 2001

2014     Plan9, Gallery Fotografic, Prague
2014     Rice University Chao Film Festival, Houston
2010     Royale with Cheese, Aicon Gallery, London, UK
2009    Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, IN
2006    “Desire under Banyan: Beyond Bollywood”, Pacific Film Archive, UC Berkeley, USA
2005     Retrospective of Indian Documentaries, Cinema-Nova Brussels, Belgium
2004     “Shakespeare in Asia”,Conference on Theatre, Stanford University, USA
2002     “Dance in South Asia”, Conference on Performance, Swarthmore  College, USA

Rummaging for Pasts: Excavating Sicily, Digging Bombay, 2001
2004     Vikalp- Films for Freedom, Mumbai, IN
2003     World Archaeology Congress, Washington, USA
2001     “Narrative Pasts | Past Narratives”, Conference on Archaeology, Stanford  University, USA

Kalighat Fetish, 1999
*Best Documentary, Tampere Film Festival, Finland
2014     Plan9, Gallery Fotografic, Prague
2014     Rice University Chao Film Festival, Houston
2014     Black Sun, Devi Art Foundation, Delhi
2011     Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Spain
2011     Generation in Transition. New Art from India, Zacheta National Gallery for Art, Warsaw, Poland
2010     Artprojx, London, UK
2007     Sommerszene, Salzburg, Austria
2007     Broadway Media Centre, Nottingham,UK
2007     Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK
2006     The Hat Factory, Luton, London,UK
2006     The Peepul Centre, Leicester, UK
2006     Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge, UK
2006     Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
2006     Watermans, Brentford, UK
2006     Bite The Mango! Festival, Bradford, UK
2006     MAC Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham, UK
2006     Tate Modern, London, UK
2006     Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France
2006     Espace Croise, Roubaix, France
2005     South Asian Film Festival, Seattle,Washington, USA
2005     Scratch Projects, Paris, France
2004     Experimenta, Mumbai & New Delhi, IN
2003     Queer Filmistan, San Francisco, USA
2002     New York Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, New York,USA
2001     Los Angles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA
2001     Tampere Film Festival, Finland
2000    Chingari Video Fest, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
2000    London Film Festival, London, UK

Et Cetera, 1998
2014     Plan9, Gallery Fotografic, Prague
2014     Rice University Chao Film Festival, Houston
2011     Generation in Transition. New Art from India, Zacheta National Gallery for Art, Warsaw, Poland
2010    Gallery Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, IN
2005    Retrospective of Indian Experimental Films, Cinema-Nova, Brussels, Belgium
1999     Dhaka Short Film Festival, Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

Appointment:
2010           Asst. Prof. Film Media, University of Rhode Island, USA
2007-10     Lecturer in Anthropology, Films Studies and South Asian Studies, Yale University, USA

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