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Sea change in views

Temporary art installations on the beaches of Goa blur boundaries between the creator and the created

  • The Crescent Moon Image Credit:Supplied Photo
  • The Shoreline Image Credit:Supplied Photo

Indian artist Subodh Kerkar returns to Dubai with his latest body of work titled Anchored Ocean. Through temporary installations on the beaches of Goa, he captures ephemeral poems on the sand, which he then photographs, freezing the images in print.

Marine assortment

Kerkar creates these installations using shells, sand, light and boats. In this new body of work, he works with fishermen and explores their lives and their unity with the ocean.

He emphasises that the installations are a “celebration of this unity of man and the ocean''.

“The ocean is their life. For a fisherman, the waves don't just rise and fall. For him, the ocean breathes. The ocean is the breath of his life!'' Kerkar says.

Kerkar says: “I find the lives of fishermen inseparable from the sea; lives anchored on the seashore. For them, the ocean is a friend, a companion, a teacher, an adversary and the giver — all in one.''

In the work The Shoreline, fishermen form a queue on the shore and wait, like devotees at a place of worship.

Clam creation

The viewer watches as the fishermen create from clam shells a moon-like shape in The Crescent Moon. Later in the series, we watch as the moon is engulfed by the ocean in The Moon and the Tides IV.

Kerkar says: “I use clams to create the shape of the moon. The tide rises gently, taking my moon in her womb. The moon, the creator of tides, is swallowed up by the tide.''

Kerkar adds: “My art erases the boundaries between creator and created — fisherman and fish, boat and boatman — using the magic wand of art.''

Fact sheet

Anchored Ocean

Subodh Kerkar

Show dates
Until June 6

The Jamjar

St 17a. Between Habitat & Chevrolet Insportz. Behind Dubai Garden Centre. Exit 39, Shaikh Zayed Road from Dubai. Exit 42, Shaikh Zayed Road towards Dubai.

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Gallery hours: Open weekdays from 10am-8pm and Fridays from 2-8pm.