In Unspooled Stories, Sari Carel, Pradeep Dalal, Margarida Garcia and Daryl Waller navigate between re-imagined pasts, remembered histories and a fluid present. Painting, time-based installation and photomontage stand as personal monuments and the artists leave behind trails to be followed.
In One Eye Open Sari pieces together a visceral landscape, images of an abandoned building in mid-construction are punctuated with unsettling scraps of narrative and insidous sounds. Tension builds echoing the remnants of human activity caught amidst some form of irresolution and impossibility. Tuesday, an oil painting of an unspecified place completes Carel's picture offering an endless cycle of reenactment.
Pradeep shares details from his cherished Mumbai past creating an intimate portrait of someone caught between two cultures. Malabar Hill explores a magnetic male friendship and a nonchalant sexuality he could not address at the time. Montaged images of himself and his friends grace the cover of much coveted record sleeves as Dalal imagines "what if..."
Daryl re-visits a childhood dream trying to make sense of its haunting presence. The Fall of Tom picks up where the dream always ended and sees the character killed in the style of Borrameer in the 1978 animation version of Lord of the Rings. "As I watch him slowly die I am filled with sadness for a long lost and beautiful friend." - Daryl Waller
Margarida's Sleep's Bright Land acts as a mental counterpoint; ambient sound and light pulsate from within wooden boxes. Her discordant compositions merge with abstract film evoking a J.G. Ballard-like atmosphere.