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ODDJOINT is opening its new studio at 47/1 Assagao on August 18 from 7 p.m. onwards which will be called ODDSPOT and its first resident artist Ronny Sen. He will open his most recent work ‘New World Chronicles of An Old World Colour’
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ODDJOINT is an independent film production house that is based out of Kolkata and is now opening in Goa. The production house creates locally rooted, globally potent motion pictures including – feature films, documentaries, short films, music videos, viral videos and many more. To name a few, films like ‘Gandu’, ‘Tasher Desh’ and ‘Ludo’ were premiered at International Film Festivals held in Berlin, Slamdance, Rome, etc, and won accolades and prizes there.
ODDJOINT is opening its new studio at 47/1 Assagao on August 18 from 7 p.m. onwards which will be called ODDSPOT and its first resident artist Ronny Sen. He will open his most recent work ‘New World Chronicles of An Old World Colour’ which has been showcased at Delhi Photo Festival (2015) in association with The Polish Institute and TARQ Gallery in Bombay.
‘New World Chronicles of An Old World Colour’ is Ronny Sen’s new work from the old city of Gdask at the mouth of the Motława River in Poland. With a common burden of a communist history and taking cue from Kielowski’s ‘Three Colours Trilogy’ he responds to the Polish winter through individual shades.
“I was deeply inspired by Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kielowski’s seminal work ‘Three Colors Trilogy’. Taking a cue from his film, I wanted to react to everything that was going on around me, through individual shades,” he says. Ronny had his own baggage because he came from Calcutta where communists had ruled for the last three decades.
Last winter Ronny Sen spent three weeks in Gdask. While there, he often thought of how it shared with his home city and state the many burdens of a communist past.
“I failed terribly; the colours in my memory were different from what I was encountering here. Soon disillusioned, I wasn’t sure what I was looking for anymore. I sought out every glimpse of the accidental flare of hues, looking in and out, unnoticed and unseen. Capturing colours, seeking them out and arranging them in order would reveal meaning, I had thought,” he says. But what he ended up photographing were mundane things, seemingly regular, even banal, which only furthered the obscurity he had meant to resolve in the very beginning.
“In the strange and melancholic Polish winter, I grappled a new with the fading of the left and of red, the colour which had been its most enduring symbol in the past. Desolate, I looked thus for its chance traces and eventually moved to other things, left behind unnoticed in crevices, there in the streets where solidarity had once emerged,” says Sen who was born in in Silchar, Assam. He moved to Salt Lake City in Calcutta in the early 90s with his family where he still lives and works.
He has been awarded by the Sony World Photography Awards, National Geographic Magazine, United Nations, Powerhouse, and the Forward Thinking Museum. He is currently working on his next book and his recent exhibitions include Arena at the Belvedere Museum, Netherlands.

(The week-long exhibition on ‘New World Chronicles of an Old War Colour’ by Ronny Sen will be held at ODDSPOT, Assagao from August 19 to August 25 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. It is open to all.)

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