About the series: Phantom Lady or Kismet – A Photoromance:
In this series of staged performance photographs, Pushpamala engages with popular forms of entertainment such as masquerading, mirroring and performance of a double role. With the backdrop of colonial architecture, female characters from the Silent Movie Era or even the early Talkies are spotted in public places. Pushpamala ‘phantom-ises’ and invokes this forgotten vision of the female entertainer within a contemporary cityscape.
Author, Producer, Director: Pushpamala N
Photography: Meenal Agarwal
Cast: Pushpamala N, Vinay Pathak and the people of Bombay
Shot on various locations in Bombay
About the Photographer: Pushpamala N, b.1956, India, is a photo video and installation artist. Since the mid-1990s her work has mainly been in photography, performance and video. She uses women’s stories and material to explore history, memory and contemporary society.
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