Edouard Baribeaud's Diary

As Edouard Baribeaud travelled across India last year, he was planning a marked departure from his usual works-on-paper. Inspired by a dream of traditional Kathputli puppet shows dancing to 17th century operas, Baribeaud travelled to India to research the cultural history of Kathputli shows and scout locations for his project. To help him lay down the blueprint of his filmmaking debut, Sleek-Art outfitted Baribeaud with a Polaroid camera to document his days. Below, Baribeaud explains the story behind his new series of Polaroids, which are available now for purchase exclusively on Sleek-Art.

The “Gougali” series was made in India in 2014. I spent one month there travelling from Delhi to Rajasthan, and later to Mumbai. This journey was a preparation to a short movie that I will realise in Delhi: the Polaroids are, in a way, my sketches of what I hope for the film to be.

"Gougali" is the Hindi word for Indian Yellow. I noticed the prominence of "Gougali" in the Indian miniature paintings and in the daily life as the colour of turbans and Saris. This deep yellow-almost-orange is a sacred colour in Hinduism. The Gougali pigment is supposedly derived from rural India, where the urine of cattle fed only mango leaves and water was collected and dried. The resulting hard yellow balls of pigment were called "purree", and smelled expectedly foul.

The "Gougali" series is available for purchase exclusively through Sleek-Art.