At the origin of the Rick-Show project, there is the desire to showcase contemporary art films to communities that have little access to artworks in India (remote regions, underprivileged communities, etc.). There is also the idea of reaching out to a wider audience in the public space through a permanent – but mobile – artwork capable of touching the heart of Indians both through its medium and its contents.
Indeed, Rick-Show is a mobile cinema that fits within a box adapted and transported on a rickshaw. When the Rick-Show is unfolded, all of the elements necessary for the screening and mediation, as well as public seating, “pop up”. Rick-Show, because it brings cinema and independent films to people through an everyday object (an auto-rickshaw), seems strangely familiar because so near and yet so far. Extremely playful, this artwork is nothing but a moment of conviviality after the long months of pandemic without cinema.
After an art residency in 2020 at the invitation of Alliance Française de Trivandrum, the artist is currently pursuing the project’s production on a distance mode in partnership with the Department of Design of the College of Architecture in Trivandrum. The artwork will be launched in Kerala in February 2022 in the artist’s presence and then will be showcased in Pondicherry, Kolkata and Pune.