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DokfestForum – Pallavi Paul: The Blind Rabbit

Thursday, Nov 16, 2023, 6.30 pm – 8 pm

Prompted by the brutal killing of George Floyd and others, Pallavi Paul shot the film The Blind Rabbit (2021, 43 min.) which explores the history of systemic abuse of power and police violence in the 1970s in her home nation of India. A range of historical events – the state of emergency called by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi from 1975 to 1977, the anti-Sikh riots of 1984, and the police assault on students at Jamia Millia Islamia in 2019 – are interwoven using allegorical means. The fictional narration here supplements the missing historical sources, thereby recognizing the complexity of multiple truths.

Pallavi Paul’s artistic practice, comprising film as well as installation, text, photography, and performance, is based on her academic research in Film Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi from where she holds a doctorate.

Pallavi Paul (*1987 in New Delhi, lives and works in New Delhi and Berlin) works both as an artist and academic. She earned a PhD from the School of Arts and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. Her works have been exhibited  at, amongst other venues, the Berlinische Galerie (2022, 2023), the Berlinale Forum Expanded (2022), SAVVY Contemporary in Berlin (2019, 2022), Colomboscope interdisciplinary arts festival in Sri Lanka (2021), International Film Festival Rotterdam (2020), AV Festival in Newcastle (2018, 2016), Beirut Art Center (2018), Contour Biennale in Mechelen (2017), the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (2019), as well as Tate Modern in London (2013). Currently, How Love Moves: Prelude is on show at the Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin where she is this year’s “artist in residence”.

Screening and subsequent artist talk
Host: Julia Schleis (Curator, Fridericianum)
Free Admission
Language: English