Single Channel, 16:9, B/W
Sound: 2 channels
In the video work ‘Arrival’ set in the remains of a feudal palace as well as the first railway station in East Bengal, a traveler appears to return to his old home from places unknown. However, doubt is cast on the possibility of a journey by repeated imagery of dismantled railway tracks lying in mounds and the melancholic sound of an hand organ playing in a minor key serving as both summoning and dirge. The primary movement in the frames are mist, smoke, natural objects blown by the wind, or the slow progress of remote figures walking or pedaling by in the distance. The stillness of the traveler anchors the work, suggesting that the search for lost time is also an interior, psychical one.
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney