curator @ The W:OW Project – We Are One World
Madhuja Mukherjee studied Literature and Cinema at Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India (1992/1997). She did research-programme in Social Sciences (1997-98), and received her Ph.D degree in 2008. Madhuja has done formative research on Indian film industry, technological transformations, urban spaces and cultures, and on issues of genre, gender and labour. Her concerns are — material, method, and history. Madhuja has published extensively in reputable – scholarly journals; she is the author of the monograph ‘New Theatres Ltd.’ (Pune: NFAI, 2009), and editor of ‘Aural Films, Oral Cultures’ (Kolkata: JU Press, 2012), ‘Voices of the Talking Stars’ (Delhi/Kolkata: Sage/ Stree, 2017), which received the ‘Book Award for Excellence in Writing on Cinema’ at the 19thMumbai Film Festival, MAMI, 2017. Madhuja is Associate Professor of Film Studies at Jadavpur University.
Madhuja is engaged in extended practice of cinema, and inventive recreation of archival material. She has done multi-media installations, which reinvent archival material, thereby, hopes to bridge the gap between theory and practice, and archives and art-spaces. More recently, she has done site-specific installations by drawing from her research on cinema-halls.
Her art-installations have been shown at renowned galleries and international programmes, including ‘International Film Festival Rotterdam’ (2012), ‘Kolkata Arts Festival’ (2017). She
presented her projects at the collateral programmes of ‘Kochi-Muziris biennial’ 2016-17. Madhuja received ‘ArThink South-Asia fellowship’ for arts leadership (2013-14), and was selected for the
‘German Federal Goverment’s Vistors’ Programme (2017) to develop her work. Madhuja is the principal initiator of TENT, theatre for experiments in new technologies, Calcutta (independent art
platform), and organizes TENT ‘Little Cinema International Festival’ for experimental films and new media art, since 2014. She is the co-writer of the internationally acclaimed film ‘Qissa’
(Anup Singh, 2013), and ‘Carnival’ (2012), her first directorial venture, premiered at ‘International Film Festival Rotterdam’ under the ‘Bright Future’ category.
selected videos – City Of Dread
Ansuman Chakraborty (India) – Ismail, 2018, 10.32
Madhuja Mukherjee/ Epsita Halder (India) – RE-TAKE, 2008, 02.33
Utsab Chatterjee (India) – Grain, 2018, 05:58
Sudipto Basu, Chandan Biswas, Nilim Bose, Laboni Chatterjee, Bappaditya Das (India) – Tracts of Dust, 2018, 27:00