BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, March 12: Everybody has their own ways to protest against the violence that has occurred on them. The most common forms of protest are dhar and rally. But notable filmmaker and scholar Amar Kanwar has started a new way to protest against violence and discrimition against women.
Kanwar, with the collaboration of Assam State Museum, Kiran dar Museum of Art and Guwahati-based NGO North East Network started a three-month long programme of multiple video projection from March to May showing videos of violence to make people of Guwahati aware about the scerio.
"This is a new way of bringing the awareness among the people about the violence against women going on in our society. The me of this new project is The Lightening Testimonies started in 2007. It is a multiple video installation that reflects upon a history of conflict in the Indian subcontinent through experiences. In all rratives, body is central as a site for honour, hatred and humiliation and also for dignity and protest," said Kanwar about his programme.
Kanwar also said, "As I am from the border area of India and Pakistan, I persolly witnessed many such incidents of women violence at the time of division of Pakistan. Those cases always striked me to do something for them.
"The projection plays in a 32 minutes cycle continuously throughout the day. Visitors can enter at any time and stay for as long as they like. The screens can be seen in any order, all together or in parts. The projection creates an experience that emerges from a constellation of eight synchronized video projections with sound tracks that lead to disperate rratives that then converge into single prowas really a different and memorable experience for me to work with the local people here. At first I had to fight for the language problem with the local technician, but later adjusted. However, I am really pleased with the working of technicians who works very good without much facilities. We have used local instruments as per as we can and also trying to maintain the ethnicity of Assam."
"The Lightening Testimonies is being shown for the first time in Assam. The programme was started from March 28 and will be continued till May 31. It is a three-month long programme going. Previously it was exhibited in various foreign countries like London, Chicago, Switzerland, Rome, Spain etc. and this time, we have decided to organize this progremme to aware the people of the State,” said by the director of Assam State Museum YS Wunglengton.
The programme was also projected on the mass awareness about the women violence around the state and the country. The NGO North East Network, who is also collaborated with the programme has organized an exhibition of the various published incidents occurred against women violence in the state from 2005 till date.