Islands in Flux
Curated by Jaya Ramchandani
Venue: CENTRAL LIBRARY, PATTO
Time: 10:30 – 20:00
This installation is Pankaj’s attempt at bringing out the fragility of the state of the Andaman and Nicobar islands, with its land, and the sea surrounding it, in a constant state of flux. Comprising of huge photographic prints, printed on silk, the installation depicts the dimensions and scale of an earthquake and a tsunami– how it leads to changes in land and sea, and impacts human infrastructure and wildlife. The idea behind the large pictures is to try and re-create the magnitude of the impact that the earthquake and tsunami cause.
The pictures will be juxtaposed in strategic ways to create a metaphorical space within the literal space of the installation, in order to produce that sense of the fragility of life on the islands. For example, on one side would be a picture of a land uplift – creating more land, and on the other would be of a submergence of land – creating more sea. The pictures will be hung in such a way that they can move with the breeze and the movement of the viewers as well. This will accentuate the sense of fluidity and flux that is at the heart of island systems, and is the purpose of this installation.
Pankaj Sekhsaria is a researcher, activist, writer, photographer and an academician. He has worked for nearly 20 years with the environmental group, Kalpavriksh, mainly on matters related to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, where he is also the editor of a newsletter on wildlife. He has written extensively on issues pertaining to wildlife and tribal rights (particularly in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands) for the Indian press. His debut novel, ‘The Last Wave’ set in the Andaman Islands, was published in 2014. In 2016, he put together his first photo-exhibition on the islands. The exhibition is a consolidation of 20 years of pictures taken there, and in a sense, runs parallel to his novel. His doctoral thesis is a sociological study of research and innovation inside nano-science and nanotechnology labs in India. He currently serves the role of senior project scientist at the DST Centre for Policy Research at the Department of Humanities and Social Science, IIT-Delhi.
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