Film- Single Channel- Panoramic projection- 17:23ms, 2022
‘Exuberance on the earth is constant, with or without us.’ Vibha
An unidentifiable protagonist (a nomad in times) is slowly collapsing, thinking about how we
will reconcile with what’s lost and what is left. The duration of this collapse is hungry,
thirsty, lonely, and homeless. There have been assumptions about the coming apocalypse.
The origins of life are now far from the legacies of modernization and globalization that
stand failed. The mountain of hope is now full of dried-up water bodies and ash remains of
the carcasses. Can the five fundamental elements be rebuilt from scratch?
Can the world reimagine all of them in a new skin and form? What of the mutants hidden in
the deepest layers of the earth’s surface? Text, archival, and newly shot
footage [Un]promised tells the story of the extinction through the body and memory of the
protagonist, who aimlessly walks through vast landscapes before an eventual collapse.
[Un]promised proposes a notion of time travel marked by fear and loss, highlights the
moments of deep geological time, political wrongdoings, wars, modern-day slavery, mass
illegalized and forced migration, floods, wildfires, capital hunting, spaces race, nuke
race, lost and co-opted futures and failure.
Film shot in India, Israel, Jordan and Palestine and presented in a panoramic format, the
17.23mins film (in color, with sound) revolves around an unidentifiable protagonist, a
nomad of both space and time, who wanders through a non-descript yet dramatic
landscape which is slowly collapsing from a dearth of sustenance and resources. Through
the body, experience, and memory of the protagonist, who aimlessly walks through vast
landscapes before an eventual collapse, Galhotra speaks of a humanity that has been
pushed into an unbearable toxicity due to the prevalent forces of capitalism and