The Lost Head & The Bird: Act 1 of 12

Sohrab Hura


A disorientating and absurd world, where the boundaries between fact and fiction blur, and the undercurrents of hysteria, rage, euphoria and violence lurk beneath the surface, erupting in ever more frequent outbursts. The Lost Head & The Bird explores a frighteningly fast-changing, post-truth world where actions are fuelled by appeals to emotions and facts are increasingly ignored.

I think of the work as a balloon into which I keep blowing air. What one sees is just the skin of the balloon that keeps stretching. But at some point if I don’t stop blowing air into it, that balloon will burst. What I want to do with the work is to take you to that point right before, from where you might start to anticipate the bursting of the balloon.”


Sohrab Hura has published Life Is Elsewhere and its paired book Look It’s Getting Sunny Outside!!! under the self publishing moniker UGLY DOG.  He also published his manifesto in the form of A Proposition For Departure, a 20-page music notation book to lay out the blueprint of his attempt at creating a three movement composition using the sound extractions he makes from his photograph. He also makes films out of his photographs. The Lost Head And The Bird opens a window into hidden aspects of contemporary India—an absurd and chaotic world where the boundaries between fact and fiction are blurred; and where the undercurrents of caste, sexual, religious and political violence lurk beneath the surface. It has been screened at and won awards at various short film festivals internationally. In 2019 a sequence of twelve different forms of the film The Lost Head & The Bird went on to win The Videonale Award at Kunstmuseum Bonn. This movement between the various forms of the image including Film, Photographs, Sound and Text is his acknowledgement of the malleability of the image and part of his proposal to expand the meaning of photography.


He is an associate member with Magnum Photos and is represented by Experimenter, Kolkata and he will have his first museum solo exhibition at the Cincinnati Art Museum, USA in 2019.