Pallavi Paul’s (b. 1987 work is deeply engaged in the technologies of poetry and time travel. She works primarily with video and installation to propose orders of tensility that inhabit non-fiction material. Using the disruption between ‘reality image’ and ‘documentary’ as a starting point, she attempts to create a laboratory of possibilities to test the contours of fantasy, resistance, politics, and history. The ambition of her work is to create an imaginative play field where historical combustion can be extricated from the languages of deficiency and mourning, to become a playful critical interface. Paul’s primary influence is the chaos of the contemporary and the dizzying tessellations that sprout from it.
Paul’s work has been shown at the Tate Gallery in London, Edinburgh Art Festival, Hundred Years of Experimentation (1913- 2013): Retrospective of Indian Cinema and Video, Experimenta Film Festival (Bangalore), and Mumbai Film Festival. She has been an artist in Residence at Delfina Foundation (London), Vancouver Biennale (Canada), KHOJ Intl. Artists’ Association ( New Delhi) and SARAI City as Studio ( New Delhi). Paul is also the recipient of several prestigious fellowships including Charles Wallace India Trust and Inlaks Sivdasani Foundation fellowship (in collaboration with Delfina Foundation) for emerging Indian Artist, India Foundation for the Arts, Public Service Broadcasting Trust Felowship for non-fiction film and pad.ma fellowship for experimental video.