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Karanjit Panesar: Actor, Container

Two Queens, Leicester

28th March – 16th May, 2020
Two Queens is delighted to announce the presentation of a newly-commissioned film by Leeds based artist Karanjit Panesar: Actor, Container.

The work comes out of an ongoing investigation into the relationship between insides and outsides, a fascination with the idea of ‘behind-the-scenes’, and what these things can tell us about truth, agency and authenticity.

Still from: “Actor, Container”, Karanjit Panesar, 2020

The film uses a narrative structure called a ‘strange loop’; a device that involves multiple levels of reality that are nested inside each other. Strange loops are often found in stories of time travel and the supernatural, and usually result in paradoxes and general confusion.

Actor, Container
follows characters Saaj and Chandni, who are pulled between these kinds of levels, only to wind up back where they started. It is a recurring dream in tandem.

Saaj wakes up in Chandni’s car. They go to the supermarket. They make some dinner. They recognise Chandni in a live streamed anti-capitalist radio show which Saaj calls in to. Saaj forgets his lines. The director calls cut. They wander around the film set. Saaj dances, trips, falls, and wakes up in Chandni’s car.

I have been thinking a lot about agency and control. How much agency someone has in the world, especially when they are trapped in a massive structure that they can’t even comprehend. We are tangled up in these sorts of systems, in the same way that Saaj and Chandni are tangled in the structure of the film itself.

Containers are full of content, or empty of content. The film set is filled with action. The screen is filled with images. The body is full of food.

This exhibition is the second in a programme of four exhibitions and related events at Two Queens between Autumn 2019 and Winter 2020, with the aim of evaluating the ways we use language when making and talking about contemporary art. The programme is made possible by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and De Montfort University.

Karanjit Panesar (b. 1992) lives and works in Leeds. Karanjit is co-founder / co-director of East Bristol Contemporary, an artist-run initiative that counteracts the lack of showing spaces for emerging artists in Bristol and seeks to establish a unique and diverse programme of exhibitions and events www.eastbristolcontemporary.com

Recent exhibitions and projects include; Mad as Map, News of the World, London (2019), CONTENT MASK CONTAINER: an artist talk, Poor Image Projects, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2019), The desire to be part of a story, even if it’s someone else’s, Index / Yorkshire Sculpture International, Leeds (2019), Strange Loop, Turf Projects, Croydon (2019),THE WAY THINGS ARE, Arebyte, London (2018).

Two Queens is an artist-run gallery and studios situated in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter, established in 2012. With the ambition of providing a centre for experimental modes of arts production, exhibition and exchange, Two Queens is dedicated to establishing an agenda for new activity in the city and across the region. We seek to invest our energies into collaborations with new institutions and individuals from outside of Leicester whilst also assisting in the development of artists working within the city.

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