Still/Moving is a curated package of non-fiction films that focuses on a dialogue between pre-existing material and images in the making. All the films use archival and found footage in the form of still and moving images to explore questions of erasure, silence and loss. Some interrogate history and memory and the unstable space that lies between. While in others official histories and memories collide. Yet other films explore the themes of race and identity, migration and displacement. Combining fragments of personal, vernacular and official accounts of events they interrogate the truth claims made by images. In a moment marked by convergence, these documentaries celebrate the hybrid form and fluid boundaries between cinema and photography. As ruminations on ‘stillness’ and movement they pay homage to the photograph and its expanded role within the moving image.
Sabeena Gadihoke is a professor at the AJK MCRC at Jamia Millia Islamia, where she teaches Digital Media Arts. She started her career as an independent documentary filmmaker and cameraperson and was a member of Mediastorm, India’s first women’s video collective. Gadihoke was a Fulbright Fellow at Syracuse University during 1995-6 and has published widely, including a book on India’s first woman press photographer Homai Vyarawalla titled Camera Chronicles of Homai Vyarawalla (Mapin/ Parzor Foundation, 2006). She has curated several shows on photography including a retrospective of Homai Vyarawalla at the National Gallery of Modern Art in three cities during 2010-11, and more recently a retrospective of Jitendra Arya at the NGMA Mumbai and Bangalore titled Light Works. Her research interests focus on the intersection of the still and moving image and she has written on contemporary documentary films, photo history, popular visual culture and female stardom in Bombay cinema.