Lisson Gallery

Screenings | Anish Kapoor

Screenings | Anish Kapoor
Under the Skin

“I do believe in the idea of practice... I’m studio based, I go there every day and out of practice, things occur – ritual occurs.” This previously unseen interview, Under the Skin – in conversation with Anish Kapoor, follows the thought processes and inner drives that inform his creative universe. Discussing conditions of matter, the dynamics of perception and the power of ritual in his work, Kapoor touches on the meditative, violent and physical responses generated by his explorations into the void, the bodily interior, the sublime and a state he describes as the in-between: “It isn’t simply a doorway between the inside and outside… And that leads to darkness. It’s a kind of darkness that we know about ourselves. We carry it – each one of us. There's a quality of blackness to that in which the object sits between a real thing and an unreal thing. Black is not a colour in that sense, but a condition of interiority.”

Among discussion of material, colour, psychology and the role of the viewer, Kapoor delves into the genesis behind his work: “It starts with an idea about skin. The skin defines the touch of the object to the rest of the world – to the so-called outside. Everything else is interior.” This film, directed by Martina Margaux Cozzi mixes an experimental approach to the traditional artist interview and presents a new director’s cut excerpted from the original, also unreleased film, which includes footage of Kapoor’s studio in preparation for a major show at the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma (MACRO) in Rome in 2016. The entire film (viewable here) will have its official release at the Fine Art Film Festival in Venice, California, presented by the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art from 8 – 14 June.

Credits:
Director: Martina Margaux Cozzi; Executive Producer:  NSPRD part of THE AIMES; Co-producer: Petite Maison Production; Director of Photography: Marilyn Clark, Albert Giordan; Soundtrack: Gael Rakotondrabe, Maxime Sokolinski, Yakamoto Kotzuga

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