Leaves like Hands of Flame

‘Leaves like Hands of Flame’ (running time 5 min 3 sec) is a two-channel video meditation by Veer Munshi. Its title is taken from a line in a poem by Ranjit Hoskote, which speaks of the chinar. Through one channel, which remains deceptively static, Munshi runs an animation sequence that tracks the gradual burning-down of a grand old mansion from his ‘Pandit Houses’ archive. Through the second channel, the artist records his journey by boat and on foot through an embattled Kashmiri winter landscape of fallen leaves, swirling water and falling snow.

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Installation Relics from the Lost Paradise, the Kashmir-born artist Veer Munshi seems to literalize the dictum ‘History is Alive’. Both the reliquary and the coffin are repositories/ resting places for the dead, with the difference that one is configured to the task of animating/ remembrance, the other with that of putting way/ forgetting.

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India Art Fair'15

Supported by: Popular Prakashan
29 January - 1st February, 2015

A tribute to the Kashmir flood victims, Munshi’s installation features an upturned home, replete with hand-carved details characteristic of Kashmiri homes. Inside the house, find Munshi’s water colours depicting a 100 local faces, from the milkman and the press woman to the vegetable vendor.

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