Footnotes on Documentary Practice: The Beginnings of Enquiry Image, Text, Sound based exhibition and film screenings at Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi
CDC class of 2016-17, in collaboration with Goethe-Institute / Max Mueller Bhavan and Thinking Film, had an exhibition, followed by Diploma film screenings, on the 30th and 31st of August, 2017. Footnotes on Documentary Practice was an attempt to fuel conversations and questions around seeing, framing, thinking and listening to the world and to ourselves, as practitioners of documentary and non-fiction film. The exhibition was a proposal for Unravelling, Gleaning and Fragmenting as modes of enquiry into documentary practice.
Spread over two days, the event was an attempt to pose some elementary questions and gestures at the ephemeral processes of making and witnessing in a landscape of wildly fluctuating truths. Do our responses require a new set of ethics as we manoeuvre this complex terrain? And what of our increasingly tenuous relationship to questions around reality and representations of it? The expectations from documentary tropes are shifting and there are few footholds for reinventing and unlearning. The exhibition was therefore an attempt to inhabit this place of difficulty and possible freedom, within this shift.