A mine and its watery extensions

installation: glass, clay, water, film

1/3 photo: Monika Balu

When an iron ore mine is dug so deep that it breaches the water table, local springs run dry, heavy metals seep into wells. Water that once belonged to the jamun trees, to the bison and the rasbora, trickles away from its original routes and into the acidic stomach of the mine, only to be pumped out again. Further down the production line, the prized iron ore is bathed in water and sent off on its journey down the Mandovi river. The same river that the Portuguese colonizers sailed up 400 years ago and drew the first mining leases.

part of the exhibition In The Courtroom with Rocks
made in collaboration with Olivia D’Cruz & Belangtelon Initiative