Grandma, Gautam, and Ghalib (excerpt), 2006, Single-Channel Video, 1:59 of 8:11

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In Grandma, Gautam, and Ghalib, the artist’s Grandmother translates classic Hindi and Urdu love songs. Using the first person to utter a passionate rendition of the lyrics, she often addresses Gautam as though he were her lover, weaving together the realities of memory and lived experience. The viewer bears witness to an emotional outpouring of love and loss where the boundaries of fiction and reality become blurred, confused and ultimately irrelevant.

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