6-minute (looped) film, graphite pencil drawings with labels (sizes variable) and transparent prints in light boxes (sizes variable)
In this project, I imagine India’s Falgu river a millennium from now, significantly altered by global heating and changes in biodiversity. Through the fictional eyes of a botanist duo, I am working on a series of drawings, layered prints and a film, imagining how fauna and flora might evolve during this time period. My scientists collect data, make drawings and takes notes during an expedition near where, circa 500 BCE, the Buddha is said to have achieved Enlightenment. The exhibition iteration will feature my drawings and prints alongside fictional notes detailing how these organisms have evolved and a short film that features the scientists in rhyming dialogue with each other, questioning their work, the moral problems science must address, and its relationship to spirituality.
I’ve kept a journal of the last months spent
up the old Falgo in our small canoe.
At some river bends we stop and marvel
at the fish we’ve caught, their clear backs marbled.
Beyond spots where toxic waters brew,
we search each night for sites to pitch the tent.
Each day we’re hungry to learn much more,
discussing our finds when we rest ashore.