Madhusudhanan, born 1956 in Allapuzha, a coastal district in Kerala. Started drawing at a very young age. Studied Painting at Fine Arts College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, and Print Making at the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Vadodara, Gujarat. His artistic practice flows seamlessly across various mediums in art and cinema, including video art and narrative feature film. His work confronts India’s film history, her colonial period and contemporary war politics. He is deeply concerned with war, colonization, and man-made borders.Marxism and Buddhism have been decisive influences on Madhusudhanan’s art.

He has made several paintings based on Indian cinema. For example, a series of paintings and drawings titled "Archeology of Cinema". Some of the paintings and drawings from this series have been exhibited at several places in India and abroad. Madhusudhanan continues to work on this theme, and adding to the series.


"Self Portrait”, scripted and directed by Madhusudhanan tells the story of a street photographer through news of global wars. The protagonist sees his own image in the pictures of the dead he is called to take for police records. The film was shown at over a dozen international film festivals and received the best film award from Greece. Was selected by the Museum of Modern Art, New York (MoMA) as part of a selection of Outstanding Short Films from International Festivals.


In 2006, scripted and directed a silent film “History is a Silent Film”. The life story of a cinema projector repairer. Of him discovering his father, who disappeared during the India Pakistan partition, in a newsreel that comes to him in a projector for repair. This film was also shown at the MoMA, New York, in addition to several other film festivals.


"Bioscope”, a narrative feature film, directed in 2008 is also based on visual images.This is a story of history entering the paths of memories and dreams. The story of villagers made mute by colonialism and slavery,entering the garden of a new vision through a new machine, Bioscope. The film depicts villagers receiving modernity with wonder and excitement; and of the destruction of the life of the protagonist who brings cinema to Kerala. The film received several national and International awards.


Shambharik Kharolika”, or the Magic Lantern, is a film constructed around the 19th century magic lantern slides, a forerunner of modern cinema. The magic lantern slides, originating in Europe, were historically developed in India by Mahadeorao Patwardhan (who named it Shambharik Kharolika) and his sons during the British era. The father and sons performed the magic lantern slide shows all across the country in India. These historical figures and their lives provide the broad storyline for this film, while their lives are seen in the film through the eyes of two robbers.

"The Logic of Disappearance - A Marx Archive”, is an installation of 90 charcoal drawings, currently on show at the Kochi Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India.

His new series titled "Penal Colony", based on the Wagon Tragedy, a devilish massacre that took place in Kerala in 1921 under the British rule. This work has as its backdrop, Kafka’s celebrated story “In the Penal Colony”.


Books & Articles

• On Bioscope: Rhythm of Light, Malayalam, Dr. V. Sanil
• The Gaze of Cinema, Malayalam, Dr. K. Gopinathan
• K.M. Madhusudhanan’s Bioscope, English, Shekhar Deshpande
• Scholars Watching Elephant, English, Leo Bankersen
• Bioscope Script, Malayalam, Published by Mathrubhoomi Books
• A Turning Point, Interview, Screen India

EXHIBITIONS

2015 - 'The Penal Colony', 56th Venice Biennale, May 5 - Nov 22, 2015

2015 - 'The Logic of Disappearance - A Marx Archive', 56th Venice Biennale, May 5 - Nov 22, 2015
2014-15'The Logic of Disappearance - A Marx Archive', Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014, Dec 8 , 2014 - March 28, 2015

FILMOGRAPHY

Bioscope, Feature Film, Malayalam, Tamil, 2008

Razor, Blood and Other Tales, Short Fiction, Silent, 2007

History is a Silent Film, Short Fiction, Silent, 2006

Mayabazaar, Documentary, Telugu, English, 2006

Self Portrait, Short Fiction, Hindi, 2001

O.V. Vijayan, English, Malayalam, Documentary, 2000

Balamaniyamma, Documentary, English, Malayalam, 1997

AWARDS

2008 - 'BIOSCOPE'

- Special Jury Awards, National Film Awards, India

- Special Jury Award for Direction, Kerala State Film Awards

- Best Cinematography, Kerala State Film Awards

- Best Editing, Kerala State Film Awards

- Best Background Score, Kerala State Film Awards

- Special Mention Jury Award, Mannheim-Heidelberg International Festival, Germany

- Best Cinematography, SAIFF, New York

- OSIAN Cinefan International Film Festival, NETPAC Jury Award for Best Asian Film


2006 - HISTORY IS A SILENT FILM

- Outstanding Film from International Festivals, MoMA


2001 - SELF PORTRAIT

- Best Film, Thessaloniki Festival, Greece

- Outstanding Film from International Festivals, MoMA