Indian Documentary Screening (Rescheduled)
*Due to adverse weather, this screening is now rescheduled to September 28 from September 22.
Ticket holders can use their tickets for the September 22 screening of A Monkey’s Raincoat on September 28 without re-booking online.
The documentary form has been employed in myriad ways to record the ecology of the art field, offering endless potential to create new stories, complicate old ones, and circulate them to an expanded audience. This screening series looks at how documentaries can shape the way histories of art are constructed, remembered, mystified, and debated — within the context of India's thriving contemporary art scene. Through different genres and traditions of film-making, this two-day program explores how Indian filmmakers have looked at the field of contemporary art. At the end of each day of screenings, there will be a discussion with the directors in English.
A Monkey's Raincoat (2005 / India / Dir. Mani Kaul / 51 minutes / English with subtitles)
Registration 14:15; Screening 14:30
A Monkey's Raincoat is a documentary about young artists working at the Rijkasakademie, Amsterdam, an institute that offers annual residencies to talented artists from around the world. During their annual Open Studios, the resident artists' work and research are presented to the public. Director Mani Kaul follows a group of resident artists to the Venice Biennale and then to their studios in Amsterdam. We see three in particular – Serbian artist Slobedan Milosevic, Croatian artist Lala Rascic and Chinese artist Kan Xuan — as they embark on their personal pursuits of the true nature and creation of modern art.
Mani Kaul (1944-2011) was born in Rajasthan into a family hailing from Kashmir. His uncle was the well-known actor/ director Mahesh Kaul. A graduate of the Film and Television Institute of India, Mani Kaul's films have radically overhauled the relationship of image to form, of speech to narrative, with the objective of creating a "purely cinematic object" that is above all visual and formal. His 1989 production Siddheshwari was awarded the National Film Award.
Asia Society Hong Kong Center is a Program Partner for "Sites of Construction" Screening Programme presented by Asia Art Archive
"Sites of Construction" is financially supported by the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
The content of these programs does not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.