2004 > 2008 – India
A story of contemporary India
Ambitious, gigantic and under international scrutiny, India has a plan: to become an economic giant among nations. After centuries of submission under the British Empire and fifty years of sluggish independance, the asian elephant has awakened. Today the economic reforms begun in 1991 are clearly visible. But the instrument of progress is impatient and greedy. Like a steamroller, this unbridled development ignores the destructive consequences it delivers upon the poor.
I have been interested by the progress in the mining industry which affects the native population, the « Adivasis ». Meanwhile farmers, whose situation declines with each passing year, are no longer a priority for the authorities who concentrate all their attention on the industrial and service sectors. For cotton farmers the ‘steamroller’ is the liberalization of the agricultural markets.
China has its Mingongs. India has its Adivasis (Natives), its Dalits (Untouchables), its OBCs (Other Backward Classes). Despite the rights and constitutional protections given since Independance to these people, contempt, lies and exploitation are rife.
These « second zone » populations harvest the abundant rotten fruit of economic development, surviving far from the golden bubble of the rapidly metamorphosing cities.
Two Indias. Rural and urban. Between which a gulf widens inexorably.
- Exhibitions: Visa pour l’Image, France, 2005 / India Photo Now, India, 2008 / Shenyang Tops festival, China, 2008 / Seven Star Gallery, Berlin, 2009.
- Books : Dignity – Human rigths and poverty, Textuel, 2010 / The Megapolis Tour – Bombay, Gestalten, 2009 / Alchemy of Iniquity, Panos South Asia, 2008 / India Now – New visions in photography, Textuel et Thames & Hudson, 2007.
- Grant from the Plastic Arts Department, French Ministry for Culture (15 prints acquired by National Collection of Contemporary Art).