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Re-take of Amrita

Vivan Sundaram (Author)
Synopsis Re-take of 'Amrita' is a book of 38 digital photomontages by Vivan Sundaram, with a preface and annotation by the artist-author. These montages are the result of a 'collaborative' photographic project: between Umrao Singh Sher-Gil (1870-1954), the 'essential' photographer (who took numerous self-portraits), and Vivan Sundaram, who orchestrates with a digital wand, archival photographs of the Sher-Gil family. Vivan enters the space of the Sher-Gil homes and makes the members of the family enact (and re-enact) moments of radiating desire under his direction. The 'encounters' generated in this process of re-casting the family in new roles elaborate into a fictional narrative. The central axis of the 'cinematic plot' is the relationship between the father, Umrao Singh Sher-Gil, and the artist-daughter, Amrita Sher-Gil (1913-1941)
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About the author

Vivan Sundaram

Vivan Sundaram was born in Shimla in 1943. He studied painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University of Baroda, and at The Slade School, London, in the 1960s. He returned to India in 1970 and continued his painting. Since 1990 he has turned to making artworks as sculpture, installation, photography and video. Vivan, himself a member of the Sher-Gil family, has been engaged with the Sher-Gil project over a thirty-year period, as curator, editor, archivist. The Sher-Gil Family, a six by-eight-foot painting made in 1983-84, and The Sher-Gil Archive, an installation made in 1995, are precursors of the present work. RE-take of ‘Amrita’, a series of digital photomontages made in 2001, has been exhibited in museums and galleries in India and abroad. Vivan has also collaborated with Kumar Shahani on the script for a proposed film on Amrita Sher-Gil. Vivan Sundaram has exhibited widely nationally and internationally, organized artists’ workshops, curated exhibitions, and done public art projects. He is an active member of SAHMAT, a cultural-activist group based in Delhi. He lives in Delhi and is married to the artwriter Geeta Kapur.

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Bibliographic information

Title Re-take of Amrita
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 818522949X
length 56p., B/w Plates; 25cm.