Spaces Between is a visual interpretation of the performance artist Nikhil Chopra’s fifty hour long performance confined in a room on the banks of a river.
The film follows the artist Nikhil Chopra’s journey as he performs La Perle Noir II: Aspinwall for the Kochi-Muziris Biennale held in the State of Kerala in the South of India.
The narrative of the film oscillates between the real and the imagined. Part fiction and part nonfiction, the film lingers between various spaces, physical as well as visceral. The reality as imagined by the artist and the imagined as narrated by the artist.
The film attempts to unearth the mind of the artist. Through imagery reminiscent of memories of his personal life, his family and friends, his studio and home the film creates a tapestry of the artist’s state of mind while being confined in an absolutely surreal space of a different kind. Images blend in and out of his various realities, as a performer and as a human being, blurring the very lines that separate an artist and a person with an audience.
Through the example of the performance and the performance space of La Perle Noir II the film creates an illusory and a lucid space that acts as a bridge between Nikhil’s performance and Nikhil’s private life.
This dialogue is intercepted and translated in the film by the filmmakers, a deeply personal inner dialogue of dilemmas and tiny feats by the artist that only the audience is privy of.
The film captures the fragmented reality of being a performance artist through Nikhil’s performance of La Perle Noir II. It acts as a bridge between fantasy and fiction, memory and consciousness. Spaces Between gently unravels the spirit of being an artist while constantly operating as a human being in the world.
Directed by Roohi Dixit and Ziba Bhagwagar
English, 50 minutes, 2015, India
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