Yashaswini Raghunandan
Born Bangalore (IN), 1984

www.yashaswini.in
 
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'Scan-1', 2018, 35mm film-frames extracted from loud sounding rattlers and whistles
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'Scan-2', 2018, 35mm film-frames extracted from loud sounding rattlers and whistles
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'Scan-3', 2018, 35mm film-frames extracted from loud sounding rattlers and whistles
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'Scan-4', 2018, 35mm film-frames extracted from loud sounding rattlers and whistles

In a village not far from here, people use discarded reels of film to make loud toys. Rattlers, whistles, and whirligigs. Every day a few hundred toys are made, for each of which they splice, slit, and rip up old filmstrips. As this routine monotonously unfolds, a few stray narratives leak out from the shredded analogues of film, enveloping the place with phantasmagoria.
 
The film that cloud never left was shot days before an eclipse, and transformed the village into a mirage of unclear activity. The mother anticipated rain, while the two brothers built a tall ladder with a single eye, and the children went looking for a ruby.
 
Using the familiar tropes of indi cinema, observational documentaries, and found-footage films, Yashaswini Raghunandan spins a folktale that merges with the turning earth, but pauses – ever so fleetingly – to glance at the moon turning red.