The video, 23.98, explores a sense of anxiety and desperation. Tawadey states that “this psychosis was expressed as metaphors in the film through emblems such as painting and scratching on film reels, quick editing of glimpses, rapid montage, use of black, layers, superimpositions, appropriated footage time lapse, flicker, black and white imagery, in-camera editing, jump cuts and use of motion and the feel of an 8mm hand-held camera.” The result is an unsettling, if absorptive, video that harkens to the psychotic imagery of Italian neo-realist filmmaker, Michelangelo Antonioni. Rebecca Davis/ Bose Pacia New York
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Siddhartha Tawadey, Artist Sarra Hussein Idris, Artist Sarra Hussein Idris is a Sudanese video artist, photographer and film editor based in New York.
Empty Life” explores the inequities between the developed countries and India in the most literal way. The Truth is always on the surface, we manipulate it by apathy and rationalization. Visible truths that are revealed in the video forcing the viewer to confront these realities is far greater than invisible rationalizations. Any secrets that might exist are not in the depths but on the surface, this surface is what is explored in the “Empty life” through symbols or metaphors that reflect politics of food, poverty, gender, ethics, illiteracy and Identity.The footage is from the seminal film of Satyajit Ray”Pather Panchali” juxtaposed with found footage from Archives and Footage bought in Garage sales.