Cities and cinema are the twins of the 20th century. Since the ’50s, Asian cinema has slowly developed a distinct identity. Large metropolises of Asia; Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo and Teheran have produced distinct cinema. These cinematic imaginations have formed the popular notions of these cities.
The National Gallery of Modern Art presents Project Cinema City that comprises research art and documentary practises to commemorate 100 years of Indian cinema. The project, which is a Majlis initiative in collaboration with Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture (KRVIA), focuses on Mumbai’s cinema, its production processes and ancillary cultures, stations of reception that run through a complex set of networks, the bazaars and the streets of the city.
Project Cinema City is a collaborative endeavour of filmmakers, visual artistes, architects and urban scholars, and historians. It has evolved through a four-year-long process of inter-disciplinary research and productions of documentaries, visual and sound art works, video installations, cartographs and texts. It deals with various aspects of production and reception of cinema in urban spaces. In the show, the project concentrates on the role of cinema in the life and body of Mumbai. The project will, in time, include other Cinema Cities across Asia through collaborations with artistes in those regions.
Presently, 13 works of art and 10 documentary films will be exhibited. Some of the participating artists are Atul Dodiya, Pushpamala N, Anant Joshi, Kaushik Mukhopadhyay, Nalini Malani, Sudhir Patwardhan, Gulam Mohammed Sheikh, Ranbir Kaleka, Vivan Sundaram, Arpita Singh, Tushar Joag, Chintan Upadhyay and filmmakers Kamal Swaroop, Mamta Murthy, Paromita Vohra and Avijit Mukul Kishore.