Video art by Neil Sanzgiri for Amirtha Kidambi's Elder Ones, "Decolonize the Mind" from the album 'From Untruth" on Northern Spy Records.
This piece collects images culled from various educational films and newsreels taken in rural Maharashtra just before independence, during the Partition of India & Pakistan, and during moments of Kashmiri struggles for liberation. These films were entirely created by and for western audiences, with most of the footage coming from the British Film Institute. The layering of these images in combination with filters such as “exclusion,” “difference,” and “subtraction,” plays on the potency of the loaded nature of these words in relationship to otherness, oppression, and marginality. Using textures created from the “marginalia” of the film strips themselves (or the pieces meant to be discarded before viewing), new combinations of meaning are created out of the original ethnographic subjection of the camera.