Living in the age of the Anthropocene Vibha Galhotra, The

Vibha GalhotraGalhotra, April 1, 2017

Manthan, or the churning of the ocean, is an age-old myth that speaks of the battle between devas and asuras , where the two sides of good and evil churned the ocean to extract amrit or nectar-the elixir of life. Artist Vibha Galhotra references the myth in the contemporary context with her tongue planted firmly in cheek in a video work of the same name. The short film (10.44 min) features four boatmen (hired performance artists dressed in smart water-sport outfits) who ply the black, polluted waters of the Yamuna on rafts made of discarded plastic and thermocol.