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Purgatorio At Varanasi

The Ganges is mythically known to be river that lets mortals into the netherworlds. It is considered a river that washes away all sin, and prepares the departed for the afterlife. This video is a result of Narrative building exercise conducted by Aarti Zaveri. It was shot during while doing Ganga project at Varanasi in July 2017. and later produced into a narrative video work.
The central premise of the narrative building exercise comes out of comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell's of idea the Mono-myth,(as it was offered in his book A Hero With Thousand Faces).
Using comparative study of Indian and Greek mythologies the Artist arrived at descriptions of sinuses they are outlined in Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy.
Excepts from Purgatorio were juxtaposed with randomly taken video footage of Ghats in Varansi, in order to later weave a contemplative tale. The narrative is written in first voice of an imagined protagonist - who draw parallels to the stories of Dante and Vrgils's travels through Purgatorio, with the fact that Varanasi
( and the Ganges river) are often seen as the place where mortals can purge their sins- just the way Dante imagines a place where souls are cleansed in order to be let into heaven later.
In this video, the artist attempts to overlay Greek mythological underworld( e.g. Lette, Styx, phlegethon etc.)- are perhaps allegorised by the very fact the Ganges is river where purging of all ills happens everyday, and continually...

  • Aarrti Zaveri
    Aarrti Zaveri
  • Aarrti Zaveri
    Aarrti Zaveri
  • Himanshu Desai
  • Aarrti Zaveri
    Aarrti Zaveri
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    11 minutes
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    November 1, 2019
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    920 USD
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  • John Abraham International Short Film Festival 2019
Director Biography - Aarrti Zaveri

Aarrti Zaveri is New Delhi based multi-Disciplinary artist her diversified works of art often derive from the study of change in the topography as result of rapid growth and modernisation
. and reflect the impact of urbanisation on our ecology.
she express these in the form of Installations, Paintings, video art. Overtime her works of art has been increasingly reflective and representation of what she perceives and feels while exploring various places, situations and meeting different people. growing up in an industrial town she has lived between machine and nature. this dysfunctional relationship between the two is route cause of her curiosities. her works have been instrumental
in germinating a conceptual process in her way of thinking and practice of her artistic oeuvre.
her works are an exploration of colours, lines, textures, layers, compositions and processes.
winner of Seychelles Biennale 2017, Aarrti is associated
with Global Nomadic Art Project in Collaboration
with YATOO; a Korean Organisation. she is active member of the Artist in Nature International
Network (ANIN).

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'unveiling myself, I express'