Kanishka Raja: Interview

Kanishka Raja, Switzerland for Movie Stars, oil on paper, 22 × 60 inches, 2012
Kanishka Raja, Switzerland for Movie Stars, oil on paper, 22 × 60 inches, 2012

Mary Jones interviews painter Kanishka Raja about his recent series of paintings Switzerland for Movie Stars.

Commenting on these new works that juxtapose dream like images of urban environments, Raja notes: "I started thinking about the Hindi movies I saw when I was growing up, and how often the song and dance scenes in the main event of these movies - when the hero and the heroine cut away to a fantasy sequence, where their love is proclaimed or consummated, when they leave the reality of their everyday lives and go into a symbolic landscape - are always in Switzerland."

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