TITLE: ART INTERRUPTED, 51′
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Hattie Bowering
CAMERA: Benjamin Pritchard & Jonathan Clabburn
EDITOR: Rowan Tucker-Evans
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Charlotte Chalker
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Rami Farook/ Craig Deeker
OVERVIEW: Art: Interrupted goes behind the scenes as India prepares to host its first contemporary art biennale in the historic port town of Fort Kochi, Kerala. From the frontline of art, the film follows a selection of big name Indian and international artists as they create new and ambitious works in beautiful but derelict colonial spaces. The process dominates with limited resources, lack of expertise, errant union labourers, no electricity, equatorial heat, swarms of mosquitoes and an amazing collective effort. The film presents a refreshing look at contemporary art with incredible access to the artists and the artistic process in an unregulated scenario that was both challenging and rewarding. It is a very entertaining film set in a part of the world that is intriguing, relevant and downright spectacular and presents a picture of India and its cultural connections that everybody can respond.
Overcoming limited resources, errant labour unions, equatorial heat and swarms of mosquitos, the artists, the organisers and the local community managed – against the odds – to pull off an event that drew over 400,000 visitors and found a new and appreciative audience for contemporary art.
Contributors include Subodh Gupta, Ernesto Neto, Ariel Hassan, Robert Montgomery, Joseph Semah, Sheela Gowda, musician/ artist M.I.A and Bollywood super star John Abrahams.
DUBAI, UAE, 2014