As a part of Monitor 9, ‘Ink‘ will be screened at no.w.here in London on Wednesday 24th April 7PM – 9PM. The film screening will be followed by a discussion with panelists, including Sharlene Bamboat from SAVAC.
Local, hand drawn lithographic film posters contribute largely to the visual culture and character of the streets of Bangalore, India. ‘Ink’ is a peek into where these posters are made.
Mehra and Lee, both interact with Bangalore’s ever-changing, ever-growing residents with their multi-lingual, cultural, economic backgrounds. They serve as mapmakers; mapping the desires, hopes, needs, dreams and disparities of Bangalore, which is born out of a desire to establish reference points for personal memories.
In ‘Ink’, Smriti Mehra and Matt Lee modestly gesture towards creative resistance. Filming a commercial lithographic printing press in Bangalore for outlawed B-movie posters, Mehra and lee spotlight a simple act of defiance in the city’s underground distribution market. One after another, hand drawn lithographic film posts materialise. Opposition to existing laws is actively proclaimed, despite conservative state efforts to manage the cities visual landscape.
£3 no.w.here members, students, unemployed / £5 otherwise