Obscura is the latest collaboration between award winning film maker, photographer and video artist Ravi Deepres and BAFTA-winning director Michael Baig Clifford who have worked together to explore the intersections and common conventions between art and cinema.
Starting with the notion that a classical painting is a chosen point in a narrative, they explore what happens before, as well as the still moment itself, and it’s direct relationship to the viewer.
Based on a thematic of “sight”, they employed optical devices believed to have been used by classical painters such as Vermeer, specifically the camera obscura, and have created a final piece of work which looks and works as a haunting moving painting.
The installation was co-commissioned by Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, and Fracture Dance and Moving Image Programme (Arts Council England). Pure Cinema has subsequently been exhibited in galleries in the UK including The Royal Academy (London) and Star Space (Shanghai) to critical acclaim.