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Published on Aug 6, 2013
Meadow Arts invited contemporary artist Harminder Judge to be part of 'Shakti': an exhibition of contemporary art responses to historic collections held in Britain of South Asian artefacts. Judge came to National Trust property Kedleston Hall (in Derbyshire, UK) in 2012 and instantly became drawn to a short film shown there which documents Lord Curzon's 1903 Delhi Durbar, an extravagant public spectacle thrown to celebrate the Coronation of King Edward VII.
Judge was also interested to learn that this short film was later shown throughout India in makeshift cinemas and proved hugely popular and has even been attributed, by some, as launching the country's early film industry.
As part of his on-going residency at Kedleston, Judge used this film as a starting point for his research; he also travelled to Delhi to visit Coronation Park, site of the 1903 Durbar. His new work, 'Kedleston and Coronation Park' incorporates footage filmed at Kedleston and in Delhi. The film will be screened in the Pleasure Grounds from 27th August 2013 - 5th April 2014 in a structure conceived by the artist and inspired by the temporary makeshift cinemas used in India in the early 20th Century.
Join Meadow Arts at Kedleston Hall on Tuesday 27th August 2013 for 'Shakti Live', a day of dance, music, puppet theatre and story-telling inspired by the Indian Subcontinent to celebrate the world premier of Judge's new film.
Meadow Arts - contemporary art in unusual places
Meadow Arts produces exceptional contemporary art projects in unusual spaces, curating large-scale exhibitions and commissioning arresting new artworks.
Exhibitions and events take place in host venues: usually highly regarded heritage buildings, historic sites and landscapes or public spaces. We bring high quality art to areas where few other opportunities exist, support artists and create amazing art events.