(Manchester Metropolitan University)
Paper short abstract:
This 15 minute film, made with the participation of residents of Fadiya Chok, Dhal ni Pol, was shot on a single day using a single take. A small doorway decorated with ceramic flowers becomes the catalyst for a series of playful yet intimate encounters.
Paper long abstract:
A small doorway decorated with ceramic flowers becomes the catalyst for a series of playful yet intimate encounters. Through the doorway we witness the aesthetics of daily life in this part of Ahmedebad's old city: a mother gently oiling the hair of the child, a group of children spontaneously breaking into a garba, a trademark cycle decorated with garlands. Entry was made as part of a three year initiative to establish a model of interaction between artists, environmentalists, cultural and heritage activists and communities to raise awareness and sustain and develop communities in the old city of Ahmedabad. The initiative was piloted in its first phase in Dhal ni Pol by artists Steve Dixon, CJ O'Neill and Amanda Ravetz, together with Lokesh Ghai and Palak Chitaliya. The pilot had financial support from Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MIRIAD) and the British Council Connection through Culture initiative and AIAF. www.thepolproject.blogspot.com
Ethnographic film screening