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Video projection of conflicts in subcontinent

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Feb 28 � The Lightning Testimonies (2007), a multiple projection video installation reflecting a history of conflicts in the Indian subcontinent through experiences of sexual violence, would be exhibited at the Assam State Museum here from March 1 to May 31.

During this period, the exhibition will be open from 10 am to 5 pm from Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Govt holidays, Mondays and the second and the fourth Saturdays).

The Lightning Testimonies creates an experience that emerges from a constellation of eight synchronised video projections with sound tracks that lead to disparate narratives, which then converge into a single projection. As the stories unfold, women from different times and regions come forward and the multiple projections speak to them directly, in an effort to understand how such violence was resisted, remembered and recorded by individuals and communities.

The Lightning Testimonies, a video work by artiste Amar Kanwar, plays in a 32-minute cycle continuously throughout the day. Visitors can enter at any time and stay as long as they like. The screens can be seen in any order, altogether or in parts. It is being shown for the first time in Assam with support from the Assam State Museum, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and the North East Network.

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