INDIRA'S PIANO . 2002

Video/Object Installation with Sound

Two Monitors. An Upright Piano. Headphones

Looped

MA - MARIE ANTOINETTE : 10 Minutes

SECOND DAUGHTER - INDIRA : 10 Minutes

Indira’s Piano is a video installation with two monitors and an upright piano. Indira is the name of my mother, I call the video on her Second Daughter. Ind’. The other video is titled MA: Marie Antoinette, it refers to her Hungarian mother who was a pianist and amateur opera singer. These are animation videos, based on photographs mainly taken by Umrao Singh Sher-Gil, husband of Marie Antoinette, father of Indira. MA: Marie Antoinette is about a Europian’s attraction to ther orient, about desire as mother and wife, about excess and assertion. Marie Antoinette’s unstable emotional being brought her often to the edge of life. Hammering away at the piano keys, she decided to hear the final sound from the click of the pistol. In Second Daughter: Indu, Indira’s presence is somewhat liminal. Unlike her sister, Amrita Sher-Gill, she is not assertive in pictures as in life. Music gave meaning to Indira’s life only as a personal, private activity. She entombed herself in her piano.