From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf, 2013
Film in Kutchi, Hindi, Urdu, & Arabic with English subtitles, duration: 83 minutes
CAMP (Shaina Anand and Ashok Sukumaran) live and work in Mumbai, India.
CAMP’s films and projects over the past decade have shown how deep technical experimentation and artistic form can meet while extracting new qualities from contemporary life and materials. From their home base in Chuim Village, Mumbai, CAMP host the online archives Pad.ma and Indiancine.ma, and the Mankhurd community space R and R, among other long-duration activities.
For LB01 the duo exhibited, From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf. The film is a result of four years of dialogue, friendship and exchange between CAMP and a group of sailors from the Gulf of Kutch. Their travels and those of co-seafarers from Sindh, Baluchistan, and Southern Iran through the gulfs of Persia and Aden show us a world cut into many pieces, not easily bridged by nostalgics or nationalists. Instead, we follow the physical crossings made by these groups of people who make and sail wooden boats and who also make videos, sometimes with songs married to them.
CAMP’s work has been exhibited internationally, including at the 2010 Liverpool Biennial, 2009, 2011 and 2013 Sharjah Biennial, the 2012 New Museum Triennial and Kochi-Muziris Biennial. Documenta 13 in Kassel and Kabul, the 2013 edition of the Viennale, the 2014 edition of the Shanghai Biennale, Documenta 14 in Athens, and the 2017 edition of the Skulptur Projekte Münster, amongst others.
Originally commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation