Author: Vivan Sundaram
ISBN/UPC (if available): 818522949X
Re-take of Amrita is a book of 38 digital photomontages by Vivan Sundaram, with a preface and annotation by the artist-author. These montages are the result of a collaborative photographic project: between Umrao Singh Sher-Gil, the essential photographer (who took numerous self-portraits), and Vivan Sundaram, who orchestrates with a digital and, archival photographs of the Sher-Gil family.
Vivan enters the space of the Sher-Gil homes and makes the members of the family enact (and re-enact) moments of radiating desire under his direction. The encounters generated in this process of re-casting the family in new roles elaborate into a fictional narrative. The central axis of the cinematic plot is the relationship between the father, Umrao Singh Sher-Gil and the artist-daughter, Amrita Sher-Gil.