In February 2017 the videographer Sebastian Messerer travelled to Vadodara, Bhupen Khakhar’s home town, to profile the painter. The concluding article includes a video interview with Gulammohammed Sheikh on Bhupen Khakhar’s artistic development, another video interview with Hitesh Rana on Khakhar’s personality as well as an investigation into the daily street life of Baroda that fed into Khakhar’s work. You can find the whole profile here»
“I made it on time. Mr. Sheikh wasn’t there yet, but his assistants kindly offered me a cup of coffee and I waited, gathering my thoughts. This interview would need my full focus and I had been immersed in filming since the early morning. But as soon as Gulammohammed Sheikh entered the studio, I knew I need not worry – he radiated an authority that replaced any feeling of fatigue I had with excitement for what he was going to share with me. His assistants arranged the interview setting; I outfitted him with a microphone and switched on the camera.
After the interview I was late for my appointment with Khakhar’s nephew. Another tuk-tuk ride spent cleaning my lens and switching the batteries and I was at the house Bhupen lived and worked in for the last 28 years of his life.”
Sebastian Messerer is an independent videographer from Berlin, Germany who specializes in videos on art. Find out more about him on his site www.sebastianmesserer.com