Pallavi Paul

How Love Moves

Pallavi Paul, How Love Moves, film still, 2023 © Pallavi Paul

Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 11:00–19:00
Sat, Sun 10:00–19:00
Tue closed

15 / reduced 10

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.

About the exhibition

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.

“To breathe is to remember our individual and shared pasts and to renew our pact with the future. In this exhibition, I want to unpack the time of a breath as a cinematic act: The breath of those who exist, the breath of those to come and the breath of those who have departed will together speak to the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic that has arguably altered the world forever. To place the contemporary healthcare crisis and the tuberculosis pandemic together can help us understand how the breath has moved between histories and geographies to pose questions and to create solidarities.” 
— Pallavi Paul, 2023

Curated by Natasha Ginwala with Sonja Borstner

Content Note: The exhibition addresses racialised, political and medical violence as well as death in visual and verbal language. It includes rooms resembling a graveyard and an enclosed place underground. Some visual imagery uses flashing lights.

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