Where the Birds Never Sing brings together Soumya Sankar Bose’s long-term project on the Marichjhapi massacre, the forcible eviction in 1979 of Bengali lower caste refugees from the Marichjhapi Island in Sundarbans, West Bengal, India and the subsequent death of thousands by police gunfire, starvation, and disease.
With almost no written record or official documentation of this incident, Bose researched and re-enacted the memories of survivors, weaving together perspectives on this painful history that faces slow erasure from collective memory.
Soumya Sankar Bose is an Indian documentary photographer. In his practice, he uses photography, archival material and text to explore desire, identity, and memory. Represented by Experimenter Gallery, he has previously received grants from Magnum Foundation, India Foundation for the Arts, and Goethe Institut, among others. He lives and works in Kolkata.
Magnum Foundation expands creativity and diversity in visual storytelling, activating new audiences and ideas through the innovative use of images. Through grant making, mentorship, and creative collaborations, we partner with socially-engaged imagemakers exploring new models for storytelling.
This installation was produced with the support of Magnum Foundation’s Counter Histories initiative, focused on creatively reframing the past to engage with urgent questions of the present and future. This project was made with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation.
Where the Birds Never Sing
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