Aman Sandhu and Swapnaa Tamhane work in collaboration under the name "August Fröhls", named after a pajama shop in Mönchengladbach, Germany, which closed in 2014 after nearly a hundred years.
Celestial Vault, 2017
August Fröhls (Aman Sandhu and Swapnaa Tamhane)
Moving Image, 8 mins
This film is a collage of syncopated hand gestures (mudras) and vocal exercises by cult-figure Asha Puthli in her response to a James Turrell sculpture. On a bitter cold, windy January day along the North Sea, we filmed Puthli in this artificial elliptical form titled “Celestial Vault”. At the base of the ellipses, there is a stone bench (somewhat resembling a tombstone) from which one can gaze at the expansive sky above, engaging in an awareness of observation.
Now 72 years old and still a consummate performer facing her own mortality, this film is less a biographical account, and is instead a collaboration that delves into the spiritual realm through a response to an artwork.