Meanwhile, what about Socialism?
[Part Two]


3 – 31 March 2018

Pallavi Paul: Cynthia Ke Sapne / The Dreams of Cynthia
Project Space, BALTIC 39

Festival Exhibition Preview: Friday 2 March, 19.00-22.00

As part of the group exhibition Meanwhile, what about Socialism? (Part Two), AV Festival presents the UK premiere of newly commissioned works by Pallavi Paul, including the three-channel video installation Cynthia Ke Sapne / The Dreams of Cynthia.

Special exhibition opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 12.00-17.30

Find out more: avfestival.co.uk

Image: Pallavi Paul, Cynthia Ke Sapne/The Dreams of Cynthia, 2017, film still. Courtesy the artist



Pallavi Paul: Cynthia Ke Sapne / The Dreams of Cynthia

Cynthia Ke Sapne / The Dreams of Cynthia chases the inner life of its primary protagonist. Cynthia is at once imagined as a literary character, a measure of time, a form of experience and a landscape. She also bears witness to the lives of two people – an executioner and a trans artist whose lives are intertwined within a small town in North India and with each other through an informal history of labour, violence and death.

In conversation with a contemporary Hindi poem of the same name by poet Anish Ahluwalia, the work levitates on the surface of language, identity and memory. Freed from the imperatives of producing experience as evidence Cynthia uses poetry as atmosphere. At once an accidental encounter and a long deferred meeting, she invites you to a world where nothing is to be found out, but much is to be discovered. Another name for the moon, Cynthia is sometimes spotted outside the window as stories of a city slowly tumble in.

Commissioned and curated by AV Festival: Meanwhile, what about Socialism? as part of the Festival Exhibition across five venues in Newcastle and Gateshead.

Pallavi Paul will give an Artist Talk in the Project Space at BALTIC 39 on Saturday 3 March, 12.15–13.15. FREE, no booking required.

This exhibition is curated by: