Unpacking "Country of the Sea"

A boat has many powers: to gather a society in its making, to distribute goods, to carry people and ideas across places that, it seems to us, are more different than ever before. The widely traveled film From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf (2009–2013), a vast, undulating, and musical spatio-temporal journey through the Western Indian Ocean, is a result of four years of dialog, friendship, and exchange between CAMP and a group of sailors from the Gulf of Kutch, who make and sail boats. They also make videos, sometimes with songs married to them. We follow their physical crossing through the gulfs of Persia and Aden, often going “where no one else wants to go”—their giant wooden boats embodying a vital order of “world-trade,” the kind that cuts perpendicularly to the phenomena of both piracy and sanctions. Structured as one season-at-sea, and made from material shot by many people, over many years, and in many formats, the film shows us a “view from the other boat,” non-imperial and made by skilled sailors and people-to-people relations, in some ways, also the other of the “distressed sea.”

Shaina Anand will a offer a pre-reading of the film text of From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf (2009-2013), as a way of connecting it to the Country of the Sea installation at Transmediale.

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf, 2013

Feature-length travelogue by sea between western India, eastern Africa and the Persian gulf. First shown at a purpose built outdoor cinema on the creekside in Sharjah in 2013, where many of the sailors gather. Shown in Documenta 13 in an abridged form, as part of the installation The Boat Modes.

83 mins. Original format(s): HDV, SDV, VHS, Cellphone videos (variable). Stereo audio and in-cameraphone music.

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

On Display at Tate Modern, Media Networks, till November 2021

The Country of the Sea

Single exposure solar cyanotype print on cotton fabric
CAMP with Shunya collective and Clark House Initiative 22 x 5 feet
An image of the sea as its own “country”, with frontier towns at its edges disorients an easy reading of this territory

Country of the Sea

CAMP at Transmediale 2018, Berlin with reprinted Wharfage, The Annotated "Gujarat and the Sea" Exhibition and The Country of the Sea cyanotype.

Wharfage

At first, a project on the creek in Sharjah, from where a large number of ships leave for Somali ports.

Transversal Values: On New Forms of Coalitions

As politics fail, nationalist ideologies gain traction, and segregative tendencies multiply, an urge for a new, different “we” becomes apparent...

Lahore Biennale 01

CAMP at Sheher o Funn, the inaugural biennale of the city of Lahore with From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf.



CAMP awarded Nam June Paik Art Center Prize 2020

Image: CAMP studio (handmade book scanner, optical scanner, four computers, NVR recorder, joystick, microphones, salad box, water, biscuits, coffee on the folding table. Bookshelves made of paper rolls, books, routers, awards, air conditioning and fan above. Inventory of electronics + museum of Jurassic technology below the tables, flooring replaced from wear. Some persons on a break, a person taking the picture.)

Ghar Mein Shehar Hona Part 2

Part 2 of the housing histories project, From Footpath to Flat (via FSI) is online.

Ghar Mein Shehar Hona part 1

Part 1 of the housing histories project, Ghar Mein Shehar Hona: From Janata Colony to Janata Colony (imaginary to destroyed), is online.

Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Ja Riya Hoon

7:00pm
Followed by a discussion with Anamika Haksar and many cast and crew members.

As part of Mother Courage and her Unruly, Loving Children

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

Punto De Vista
International Documentary Festival of Navarra
Retrospective: Oceanic Feeling

A Timeline and a Film, with Priya Sen

7:00 pm ASSEMBLY, 30 min.
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YEH FREEDOM LIFE, 70 min
Followed by a discussion with Priya

Mother Truth and her Unruly, Loving Children

SUSPENDED :( Hope to be back in the near future
This season of projections at CAMP begins on weekend evenings starting Saturday, February 29, or leap year day.

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