- PhMuseum Days 2021 Open Call
Ardhanarishvara - In Search of union.
Dates2020 - Ongoing
- Location India, India
Since 2020, Anouchka Renaud-Eck has been exploring the realm of love in contemporary India. Ardhanarishvara “Lord Who Is Half Woman” is one of the forms of the Hindu god Shiva , in which he appears with his wife Parvarti as a half-male and half-female form, two inseparable cosmic forces united as one body.
Despite the large scale mythification of amorous union in Hindu mythology and Bollywood, arranged marriages remain rampant. In a 2012 survey conducted by Ipsos, 74% of Indians responded that they preferred an arranged marriage. The matrimonial quest for Young Indians often turns into a countdown to forget teenage love and honour their parents’ choice. Age, social background and astral compatibility are often important criteria in these matrimonial decisions.
In this project, Renaud-Eck aims at exploring the parallels between the idealized notions and the social reality of matrimony in India. She thus takes us on a journey through the three stages of union, separation and reunion, asking us the question: can there be no love without pain?