Zarina Bhimji

Yellow Patch, 2011
Single-channel video, sound, colour

Taking as its starting point the history of trade and migration between India and Africa, Yellow Patch is filmed in four main locations across the Indian sub-continent: the old Victorian offices in the Port Trust of Bombay, the desert landscape of the Rann of Kutch, the Indian Ocean near the port of Mandvi and various houses and structures in the Western region of Gujarat. The film is the result of extensive research, although Bhimji approaches her various locations with a painterly approach that relinquishes information and factual presentation in favour of highlighting the aesthetic qualities and poetic potential of each image. As much as for the traces of history they carry, each location was chosen for its distinct quality of light, the details of its architecture and the particular character of the landscape. Sumptuous images of sea, desert, domestic and administration buildings are accompanied by a soundtrack of waves, birdsong, typewriters and voices that provoke impressions of dread, loss, passion, love, tenderness and security.

Text source:

Zarina Bhimji, published by

Ridinghouse in association with Whitechapel Gallery,

London, 2012.