7 - 13 September 2020
On the occasion
Stelline Foundation reopens to the public
Ganga Ma is a ten-year research chronicling the devastating effects of pollution, industrialisation and climate change on the Ganges.
The project follows the holy river for over 2,500 miles, from its source in the Gangotri glacier in the Himalayas to its delta in the Bay of Bengal.The Ganges is a symbolic example of the unresolved paradox at the root of man's relationship with the environment, because all physical and spiritual aspects of Indian life are intimately entwined with the river.
The exhibition features a selection of photo works and two wallpapers ranging from the detachment of documentary photography to an almost painterly response to the ecological and atmospheric conditions of the Ganges. Adopting what may be described as an “aesthetics of pollution", Giulio Di Sturco casts his lens over the ecological disaster afflicting the Ganges, India's most sacred and revered river.
The artist's work draws us in, with the initial impact of the seductive, poetic image – presenting the majesty of nature from the perspective of the river and its banks – giving way to reveal its toxicity. The result is a philosophical reflection through images, offering a glimpse into e not-too-distant future and alluding to the prospect of a toxic, post-apocalyptic world.
The exhibition is accompanied by a monograph, Ganga Ma (GOST Books, 2019) with essays by environmental activist Vandana Shiva and curator Eimear Martin.
GANGA MA. GIULIO DI STURCO
7-13 September 2020
h. 2 - 7 p.m.
in compliance with the health safety measures and the permitted access procedures