Even Red Can Be Sad
An intricately mosaicked portrait of Ram Kumar at home and in the studio, Even Red Can Be Sad is so steeped in the nonagenarian artist’s writings and paintings as to seem a kind of secondhand self-portrait. Working from multiple streams of text and image, Dutta finds an apt muse for his own prismatic style in Kumar’s multidisciplinary talent.
(House of Paintings)
Amit Dutta, India, 2015
This film haunts an exhibition of miniature paintings housed in a former palace. After nightfall, a series of tableaux depicting the mythic love story of King Nala and Damayantin begins to stir thanks to Ayswarya S. Dutta’s subtle animation.