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Sohrab Hura
The Coast (SIGNED)

Photographs by Sohrab Hura

Text by Sohrab Hura

Design by Sohrab Hura

Ugly Dog, 2019

Edition of 1,200 copies

Hardcover

224 pp., color illustrated throughout

178 x 240 mm

ISBN 978-93-5351-042-8

Item #9165

0.900 9165 EUR 75.00 Add to Cart

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The Coast book opens with an absurd short story that leads into a sequence of images taken along the Indian coastline. While the photographs are made in real situations, the continuous removal and addition of context manipulates the line between what is a fact and what is not, in a way not unlike how new realities are increasingly being engineered  today.

Some might imagine the book to be a fable like tale while others might recognize in it, reality. Either way, the book in  its stories alludes to undercurrents in a country that is seeing higher frequencies of violence: religious, caste, sexual or otherwise and the increasing normalization of it which is far more absurd than the story itself.

There is respite towards the end as the book moves to the sea. The margin between land and water becomes a point of release beyond which characters experience fear, surprise, anger, sadness, trust, anticipation, excitement,  contempt but also rapture. The short story at the beginning of the book also exists in eleven other iterations, each one changing only a few words at a time like a game of Chinese Whispers. Just like with the images, each story forms a  slightly different meaning in every subsequent reading and it becomes one of a dozen different truths.

The Coast is the fourth book by Sohrab Hura.

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