The heat was almost paralyzing on the day I first met Pallavi Paul in the gardens of the Crafts Museum in New Delhi, about two years ago. Seemingly unaffected, she was full of energy and immediately delved into film theory, history and space travel—all passions that inform her video-art practice. That Paul is a busy woman was clear from the start. Along with pursuing her PhD in cinema studies from the School of Arts and Aesthetics at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), she regularly participates in exhibitions, most recently at the 2016 edition of Newcastle’s AV Festival, a biennial event featuring contemporary art, film and music in northeast England. She is also a generous contributor to social media, often sharing articles and posting comments about the recent protests against state censorship at JNU, and occasionally blogs for Indian outlets Kafila and Hard News Magazine.
Image: Pallavi Paul, Long Hair, Short Ideas, 2014. Courtesy the artist and Project 88, Mumbai