Pallavi Paul, How Love Moves, film still, 2023 © Pallavi Paul
With How Love Moves, the Gropius Bau presents the first major institutional solo exhibition of Pallavi Paul. As an artist and film scholar, Paul engages the camera as her primary tool to interrogate how regimes of “truth” are produced and sustained in public life. Through her multimedia practice encompassing film, installation, performance, drawing, photography and writing, she negotiates the documentary not only conjured as film or image – but as an ecology of materials, a network of alliances, a system of thought and a site of sensation. In the exhibition, the artist’s unique cinematic practice is in dialogue with spatial installations especially conceived for the Gropius Bau. Premiering newly produced films that braid together the contemporary health-care crises to the historical echoes of tuberculosis in early 20th-century Germany alongside earlier works, How Love Moves explores illness not as a metaphor but as an ethical, spiritual and biopolitical phenomenon, in Berlin, New Delhi and beyond.
Curated by Natasha Ginwala with Sonja Borstner