Tsunami took place a few days after Chobi Mela [photo carnival]
ended in Dhaka. On 28 December, Pedro sent an email to the mailing
list of the festival, detailing his concerns and sharing his thoughts
on the media coverage. His message stuck to my mind when I travelled
to Tamil Nadu, via Kolkata, on assignment for Rhythms Monthly (Taipei).
editor is a very understanding man and has given me much leeway
to document the tragedy. Regurgitating from Pedro’s email,
I told my editor that I am not interested in the body bags or the
“beauty” of devastation. I’m more interested in
the survivors and their stories. I’m more interested in destroying
the hegemony of media coverage that a tragedy should “look”
like a tragedy. In
Singapore, the government advised the different organizations to
tone down the year-end celebrations.
my friend was shooting a promo video in the town area, the people
were as reckless and wild as ever, but his boss reminded him that
the organization wanted “sad” footage. “Sad”
footage during a new year countdown? Anyway, my contribution doesn’t
tell a coherent story. Instead, it is a selection of singles that
tell different figments of the subjective truth of the situation
in Tamil Nadu.