Come September and the Elizabethan watchtower in the sleepy town of Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland,UK,will get some unique glimpses of Indian cinema. Photographs of Indian faces portraying emotions such as love,happiness,intrigue and sadness will be projected on the walls of various monuments and buildings as part of the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival.
Mumbai-based photographer Amit Madheshiya has clicked these photographs at travelling cinemas across Maharashtra. He has displayed these photographs at various exhibitions and has already won numerous awards. So when he was invited to be a part of the prestigious festival in the UK,he was understandably ecstatic. I found the concept very interesting. Besides being projected on the walls of those beautiful monuments,the images will also be projected on granaries and jails, he says.
Each year,the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival revolves around a theme,and this year,it will explore the relationship between the moving and the still images to include artists who work across films and photography. Using the historic town as a backdrop,the programme will feature a selection of new films and contemporary moving image art installations at several venues.
Madheshiya plans to intall a projector on top of a van,which will then project his travelling cinema images around the town. To make the pictures look more real and contextual,I am working on a soundscape to be played along with the set of these 12-14 images. These will be the sounds we recorded in cinema tents in Maharashtra, explains Madheshiya,who is currently travelling along the banks of Ganga for his next project.
Other participants in the festival,which will be held from September 19 to 23,include renowned photographers Edmund Clark,Anna Stevens and Jason Dee.