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Pallavi Paul works with the media of film, installation, text, photography, and performance, with her scientific activity as the basis for her art. With a doctorate in film studies, her work is characterized by critical thinking and a progressive political stance.

Berlinische Galerie
Berlinische Galerie © Berlinische Galerie, Foto Noshe

"The Blind Rabbit" (2021, 43 min.) is a critique of the systemic abuse of power in India. Paul illuminates different, supposedly unrelated events such as the state of emergency declared from 1975 to 1977, which restricted many fundamental rights; the anti-Sikh pogroms of 1984; and the police attack on students in 2019, revealing traditional structures of police violence and arbitrariness. Mixing textual, visual, and audio fragments into an essay, she accounts for the multiplicity of multiple truths, but never relativizes the injustice suffered. What is remarkable is the use of fiction as a means to confront the problem of memory, which is always partial, and to ignite its potential for resistance.

"Long Hair Short Ideas" (2014, 21 min.)
tells of Shanti, the wife of revolutionary poet Vidrohi (1957-2015). Paul combines the political history of India in the 1970s with Shanti's biography and her experiences of (domestic) work, partnership, sexuality, as well as everyday discrimination as a woman. She thus sheds light on the usually absent figure of the "revolutionary's wife" and portrays Shanti as a person in her own right with her own history of resistance.

Born in 1987 in New Delhi, India, Pallavi Paul has shown her work at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam (2021), HKW (2020), The Rubin Museum (2019), Savvy Contemporary (2022), Beirut Art Centre (2018), AV Festival (2018, 2016), Contour Biennale (2017), and Tate Modern (2013), among others.
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Berlinische Galerie - Landesmuseum für moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur
Berlinische Galerie - Landesmuseum für moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur