Events of the week

ByProma Chakraborty

Jul 5, 2019

Breaking taboos

What: Portraying the obstacles that stand in the way of female sexuality in the 21st century, Barbara Miller’s feature documentary #Female Pleasure portrays five courageous, smart and self-determined women, breaking the silence imposed by their archaic-patriarch societies and religious communities. To be screened at the European Union Film Festival, this 97-minute feature documentary shows how they fight for sexual liberation and autonomy, with incredible strength and positive energy beyond religious and cultural barriers. But their victory comes at a high price as they experience public defamation, are excommunicated by the society they grew up in and even received death threats by religious leaders and fanatics.

When: July 6 (7pm)

Where: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi road

Akbar is back

What: What happens when Akbar’s greatness is questioned in today’s India? He finds support in heaven from Ashoka, Alexander and Atal Bihari Vajpayee. But, to redeem his name, he needs an ally on earth. And he finds one, a media moghul. To find out who he/she is, drop in to watch Akbar The Great Nahin Rahe, a play with every comic shade – spoof, mimicry, satire, and farce —  the latest comedy produced by Pierrot’s Troupe.

When: August 17 (7 pm)

Where: LTG auditorium, 1 Copernicus Marg

Archival touch

What: Working with archival materials as references — ranging from text, mass media, and cinema to historical documents — artist Moonis Ahmad Shah is set to present his work in an exhibition.

Titled Atlas Holding the Heavens, Shah brings together a new body of work to address diverse questions concerning everyday life, landscapes, the body and how they re-orient, adapt and react to territorial conflicts. It explores various points of departures arising out of these questions and intends to engage with a new kind of anthropology, an immersion in the semantics of systematic creation and association of spectacle with landscape of the borders, margins and conflicts.

The exhibition includes a series Accidentally Miraculous Everday from that Heaven where the artist works with photogrammetry technique to stitch together three-dimensional reconstructions of people – notes on everyday living in a state of exception. Another work titled Good Art, Bad politics is an LED text installation which responds to the sound frequencies of an audio generated via machine learning.

When: July 13 – August 14

Where: Vadehra Art Gallery, D 53, Defence Colony