A special collaboration between PICA and the
Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College.
The film installations of British East-Indian artist Sutapa Biswas are dreamy, metaphorical journeys that re-imagine culture and relationships through diverse time periods and works of art. This special screening includes selections from the last ten years of Biswas’ work, and features one of her most lauded films: Untitled (The Trials and Tribulations of Mickey Baker), 1997. Receiving wide acclaim after its inclusion in the 2003 Tate Modern, London exhibition From Tarzan to Rambo, this film casts an obscure British B-movie actor in a scenario inspired by the work of the American painter Edward Hopper. Like watching a living, breathing painting, the camera remains stationary as the viewer regards a naked, aging man standing in quiet reverie, bathed in the sunlight that slowly shifts across his body through the window of a traditional English drawing room. In this poignant study of intimacy and vulnerability, Biswas shifts traditional power relationships between viewer and artist, artist and audience.
Born in Santinekethan, India in 1962, Sutapa Biswas lives and works in London, and is a lecturer at the University of Southampton and Chelsea College of Art and Design, (University of the Arts, London). She studied at the Royal College of Art, the Slade School of Fine Art, and the University of Leeds. Biswas has exhibited her work internationally at spaces including: Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham; Harewood House, Leeds; Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada; Atlas Studio Space, London; The Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies; Tate Modern, London; and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven.