Republic Gallery




OLIVER HUSAIN
Were Here

January 20 to February 24


A woman repeatedly revisits her former home on St Marks Road, Bangalore, and descends deeper into her memories with each visit. A film about how artists deal with trauma and pain caused by politics, and how artists counter the entropy of history. "History is not only in the things – the paintings, the photographs, books and scripts or whatever. It forms a glue. It forms a substance. An intangible substance that permeates everything."


Oliver Husain is a filmmaker and artist based in Toronto. Husain's projects often begin with fragments of history, a rumor, a personal encounter or a distant memory. He uses a wide range of cinematic languages and visual pleasures – such as dance, puppetry, costume, and special effects – to animate his research and charm or fold the viewers into complex narrative set-ups. Recent solo exhibitions include Isla Santa Maria 3D at Gallery TPW, Toronto and Western Front, Vancouver (2016). In 2017, his work was shown at Berlinale Filmfestival forum Expanded, Berlin and Kunstverein Nuremberg.