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    Festivalzentrale: Atelier Augarten
  • Poulomi Basu, Centralia, 2020 © Poulomi Basu Poulomi Basu, Centralia, 2020 © Poulomi Basu

Centralia is a story filled with ghosts. It is part dream, part nightmare; a hallucinatory journey that brings to light a complexity of storytelling through the layering of documentary and staged photography, found documents, and crime scene images.

In creating it, Poulomi Basu became immersed in the bloody yet largely unknown fifty-year conflict that has raged between the Adivasi, tribal communities and Maoist revolutionaries in Central and Eastern India, and the Indian state. It is a complex and layered corporate battle over the mineral-rich land and its resources. To tell this story, Basu focuses on the marginalised women caught up in this revolution, challenging the conventions and conformities of women’s role in rural society and fighting the socio-economic injustices of the Indian State, the patriarchy, and the caste system. It is a complex journey, often shot under the shadows of nightfall. Basu reveals her story like a sorceress, confusing our perspectives with otherworldly scenes and challenging our often rigid perception of documentary storytelling as she blurs truth and reality. Centralia describes the exploitation of both oppressed society and the surrounding environment through images of chaos and drama, a blackened, burning apocalyptic landscape described as the landscape of trauma. Basu refuses to hold our hand as we embark on this journey, demanding that we experience a sense of disorientation and manipulation through unflinching images that are at once dreadful and seductive.

Artist: Poulomi Basu

1 Festivalzentrale: Atelier Augarten
Scherzergasse 1A, 1020

Exhibtion duration
09 – 27 March 2022
daily 11:00– 19:00

09 March, 17:00