Ganga Dancing, Peleton Gallery, Sydney

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Ganga Dancing is a video installation created from still photographs of various activities along the ghats (steps) on the banks of the river Ganges at Varanasi, India. These videos, with their basic animated quality, suggest a performative aspect to the activities photographed, masking the reality of the tasks being carried out – washing clothes, playing cricket, a wrestler training with weights…etc. Resulting from a six-month residency at the Kriti Gallery and Residence in Varanasi, India, in 2011, they form just a part of the body of work, also including paintings and photographs, from the residency. I have been fascinated by the theater of activities, both secular and religious, that constitute the daily ‘animated’ routine along the Ghats of Varanasi since first visiting there in 2005. Here there is also a play on Bollywood films that blend traditional Indian dance styles with contemporary western choreography. The one minute animated sequences are repeated 10 times with different western dance soundtracks, indicating a transcultural crossover. The below excerpt contains four of those tracks.