The Kerala floods

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Mar 17 2019

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Category: Asia, India

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When it comes to site-specific installations the Bangladeshi artist Marzia Farhana has done a fine job with her work for the KMB 2018. The August 2018 floods in parts of Kerala had caused, apart from loss of lives, a lot of destruction of homes, crops and the natural environment. Farhana has made an installation with numerous household items, pieces of furniture, washing machines, fridges, TV’s, fans bookshelves with books and other personal belongings, all collected from destroyed homes. On a wall she projected images of the devastating floods. On a little screen inside an open fridge one could see the bodies of drowned deer.

She had hung most of the objects at oblique angles in the air, fixed with wires between ceiling and floor. This made the sight, apart from dolorous, also intriguing. Farhana has called her installation “Ecocide and the Rise of Free Fall”. Man has to thoroughly rethink his relationship with nature, which till to date has been characterized predominantly by exploitation and destruction of the environment.

Photos of the week: Marzia Farhana, Installation: Ecocide and the Rise of Free Fall, Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018, Kerala, India