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India: The sea has many histories by Shailaja Tripathi April 04,2016   |  Source: The Hindu

Photographer Ravi Agarwal has an intense relationship with water. Not only as an activist is Agarwal engaged with urban ecological issues but as an artist as well. Founder of environmental NGO Toxics Link, Agarwal shifts his gaze to the sea this time around. His upcoming solo show of photographs and videos, ‘Else, All Will Be Still’, is on at Gallery Espace, 16, Community Centre, New Delhi from April 8 till to May 7, 2016.

Excerpts from an interview:

From your interactions with fishermen, what do you understand of their relationship with the sea?

The fishermen know the sea and its moods, the weather and its currents, like the back of their hands. They are very respectful of it. If it is stormy or if the waves are big, they do not go out, for they know the power of the ocean. They co-exist with humility. They fish in it, but never think they are bigger than the sea. Nature is always bigger for them. The words they use to describe the sea include the names of the fish, the politics of the port that causes their coastline to change, the local politician who helps them with accessing markets or lobbies for their rights, and so on. They are words resulting from a lived relationship with the sea and not words of aesthetic distance. My work ‘Rhizome’ deals with

 

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