Preview Yinchuan Biennale 2016
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Duration: 25 minutes
Those who have passed are not remembered
nor is the yellowish dove, asleep in oblivion,
nor the faces with tears,
the fingers at throats,
nor that which tumbles from the leaves:
the obscurity of an elapsed day,
a day nourished with our sad blood...

But we must not penetrate beyond those teeth,
must not bite into the husks amassed by silence,
for I do not know what to answer:
there are so many dead,

and so many sea walls cracked by the red sun
and so many heads smashed against boats,
and so many hands that have locked up kisses,
and so many things that I want to forget.

Blue shores of Silence has been filmed at various locations in the deep interiors of the Great Vedaranyam Swamp along India's Coromandel Coast, and in vast degraded mangrove belts across Southern India. The Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004 had devastated these lands destroying homes, inundating farmland, and washing away people and livelihoods. Eleven years after one of the most devastating natural disasters in recorded history, the memories are raw and the survivors and their families still bear the scars...

The work is an ode to water as the 'Giver' and 'Taker' of life. 'I need the sea because it teaches me'... Excerpts from Neruda's poetry resonate with the phenomenology of the terrains and become entry points to various inquiries: artistic, philosophical, existential, and metaphorical.

The mangroves provide a preview of the challenges ahead for ecosystems and biodiversity hotspots across the planet. The decaying ecosystems speak volumes about a living vicious cycle of depredation that is the tale of 21st century globalization.

Yinchuan Biennale 2016
For an Image, Faster than Light
Yinchuan Museum of Contemporary Art, China
September- December 2016
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