Birth of a Grenade

Singh Shubhangi

For over a hundred years, when the ships belonging to the East India Company brought barrels of saltpetre to the shores of England, they also brought with them a force that determines how we exist in the world today. Saltpetre, also known by its chemical name, Potassium Nitrate (KNO3) was a coveted global commodity that was mined, traded and fought over for its role in the production of gunpowder by competing colonial powers. The film has been hand processed solely in bananas, dates and cocoa powder— that is, materials that would otherwise not be available for use in Helsinki had they not once been carried in the bellies of ships across the heaving seas and into Europe. The hazy, somewhat ghostly images of the film are made possible from the flesh of the fruits thus inherently carrying within them traces of their history and the violence.

Production Year
2024
Duration
00:07:28
Tyyppi
Asiasana
Original Title
Birth of a Grenade
English Title

Birth of a Grenade

Production Countries
Finland,Estonia
Dialogue
Yes
Sound
Yes
Cast
Shubhangi Singh (Author), Shubhangi Singh (Cinematographer), Utkarsh Raut (Cinematographer), Tuomas Alatalo (Composer), Shubhangi Singh (Editor), Shubhangi Singh (Script), C Lee (Sound Design), Shubhangi Singh (Actor), Maya Pillai (Actor), Hanan Mahbouba (Actor), Artishoki biennaal (Funder), Koneen säätiö (Funder)
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Shubhangi Singh’s practice as a visual artist and filmmaker responds to contemporary politics and the interconnectedness of production and reproduction of popular everyday material within the socio-political structures. She often draws upon experiences to address movement and identity as well as queries related to the feminine and its position within society, thus extending the discourse onto the public sphere. Singh attempts to consistently consolidate her formal training in films with her transdisciplinary practice to continually create and collaborate. Her works include video, text, lecture-performances, sketches and mixed media installations while her interests range from (un)materiality, folktales and the vague blurring between fact and fiction. Singh is the co-founder of New City Limits, an initiative to facilitate creative viewing and practice in Navi Mumbai, India and currently lives and works in Helsinki.