IFA@Bangalore: Film Screening | ‘Palai: Landscapes of Longing’ by Jayakrishnan Subramanian | Thursday, July 12, 2018 | Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS)

India Foundation for the Arts (IFA)
in collaboration with
Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), Bangalore
presents a film screening of

Palai—Landscapes of Longing by Jayakrishnan Subramanian
Duration: 28 mins | Language: Tamil with English Subtitles

Thursday, July 12, 2018 | 06:30 PM
Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) Bengaluru City Campus

No. 197/36, 2nd Main Road, Sadashivanagar, Armane Nagar, Bangalore - 560 080

Join us for a film screening of Palai—Landscapes of Longing (Duration: 28 minutes | Language: Tamil with English subtitles), followed by a discussion with the director Jayakrishnan Subramanian. The film is a metaphoric interpretation of Tamil classical poetry and artistic depiction of the desert landscape of Palai in Sangam literature. The landscape of Palai is associated with separation and longing—when love is subject to extremities. Juxtaposing the contemporary socio-political context of Tamil migrant workers in the Middle East and this ancient form of poetry, the film explores modern forms of slavery, labour and migration.

Jayakrishnan Subramanian studied Fine Art at the University of Madras and Graphic Design at the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, India. He has a Masters in Media Art and Design from Bauhaus University in Weimar. His work spans film, photography, and animation. His first feature-length animated documentary, Amma & Appa is a collaborative effort with his wife Franziska Schönenberger. He has worked with filmmaker Kamal Swaroop on a graphic novel version of the film script Omniyam and the cover design for the book Tracing Phalke—The man and his times, 1870-1944; and Nishtha Jain's poster designs for her films The Family Album and Gulabi Gang.

Jayakrishnan Subramanian received a grant from India Foundation for the Arts, under the Arts Research programme.