Serendipity Arts Festival

A Cinematic Imagination: Josef Wirsching and the Bombay Talkies

As tribute to a pioneer of Indian cinema, Serendipity Arts Foundation in collaboration with Alkazi Foundation for the Arts presents “A Cinematic Imagination: Josef Wirsching & The Bombay Talkies”. First displayed as part of Serendipity Arts Festival 2017 in Goa, this exhibition tells the story of a world across worlds; a story of cultural convergence that brought together Berlin and Calcutta, Munich and Bombay. It draws from the photographic archive of Josef Wirsching, a German cinematographer who made India his workplace and home. Wirsching’s archive comprises behind-the-scenes photographs of cast and crew, production and publicity stills that give us unprecedented access to the aesthetic decisions and creative communities that were vital to filmmaking in late colonial India.

Featuring works from the Josef Wirsching Archive | Alkazi Collection of Photography

Curators Debashree Mukherjee & Rahaab Allana

Creative Collaborator Georg Wirsching

Scenography Sudeep Chaudhuri 

Brought to you by Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Chennai & CPB Foundation

On view 19 July – 4 August 2019 | 10 am – 6 pm

At Lalit Kala Akademi, 4 Greams Road, Chennai


For programming around the exhibition, please click here.

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