Genocide. An interactive sound and space installation for a sensory experience of genocide.
Light Theaters. Inversive shadow puppets meet transparent marionettes in Joseph Cornell styled boxed theaters. The audience become puppeteers of these interactive light theaters – setting off a sea change, with a tiny tug, or pull of a string. The question then remains – if we are the pawns of a systemic world, can we set into motion positive change?
Of the people, By the People, For the People? Landscape and Reconstruction in Rwanda. A picture book about the role of environment in conflict, and reconciliation.
About half a century after the world swore “Never Again” to the Holocaust, it happened again – in Rwanda, and now in Darfur. Evidence, memorials, and burials. These actions are necessary in order to restore some dignity for the men and women who died, and little babies, too – smashed with unimaginable brutality.
However, this picture book is not about the cellular construct of the genocide. It is about reconstructing the lives of more than ten times the number of dead Rwandans who live in Rwanda, and neighboring Burundi, Uganda, and the Congo. How do they need? How do they survive?
Excerpt from Draft in Progress:
“I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow. I see how peoples are set against one another, and in silence, unknowingly, foolishly, obediently, innocently slay one another.”
– Paul Baumer in All Quiet on the Western Front (1929) by Erich Maria Remarque.
Every year in April, the rains fall heavy on Rwanda. The earth turns green. New life begins. It is the growing season.
Thirteen years ago, in April, along with the rains, came death. The earth turned red – soaked with the blood of over a million Tutsis and Hutus. Every year, the rains ebb in July – as did the genocide, in July of 1994. Over ten percent4 of the population had been decimated by then. It was the most efficient mass killing since Hiroshima. In Hiroshima, they used bombs. In Rwanda, they used machetes. Now, along with the rains, come memorials for those who died; and for those who survive, a flood of memories – “of despair, death, fear and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow.”
Anger and bewilderment hang over Rwanda like those dark, rumbling clouds before the rains. For many Rwandans, the rains haven’t come. Spring hasn’t come. Life hasn’t begun…
From Of the People, By the People, For the People? by Aditi Raychoudhury (2007)
All Quiet on The Western Front. Illustrating the famous novel by Erich Maria Remarque.
The Land of Many Moons. An adventure story about a little boy growing up with Perfect Full Moons, and Forever Spring Flowers. A Land with no darkness except when his mother pulls the curtain and kisses him to bed. But one day, when he is forced to confront Darkness, it changes his life forever.
The Wicked Dragon. A story about the nature of power to destroy or to protect.
Thumbelina. A contemporary take on the story of Thumbelina by Hans Christian Andersen. The story steers away from the fairy tale ending of love, beauty and happily ever after.
Me and My Zoo. The story of a little boy in search of animals to make a zoo – what he ends up with is nothing at all like the zoos we know of today.
Sam, I am – In India!! The story of 3-year old Sam who travels from California to India – in the most unusual transport.
Vincent and Me. Illustrated vignettes about my childhood in a remote town in India.
My Dear Theo, I Miss You. An illustrated fictional memoir of Vincent Van Gogh.
UnPairing. An illustrated fictional memoir of physical and mental displacement, in a world constructed around pairs.