Giulio di Sturco “GANGA MA”
Giulio di Sturco, Yamuna River, India, 2015. Courtesy of Podbielski Gallery.


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11 Apr 2022 - 19 Sep 2022



Giulio di Sturco “GANGA MA”

“Ganga Ma” is the culmination of a ten-year research project chronicling the devastating effects of pollution, industrialization and climate change on the Ganges river. The project follows the river for over 2,500 miles, from its source in the Gangotri glacier in the Himalayas to its delta in the Bay of Bengal in Bangladesh. The result is a philosophical reflection through images, offering a glimpse into a not-too-distant future and alluding to the prospect of a toxic, post-apocalyptic world.⁠⠀

Adopting a poetic yet measured style, and employing what may be described as an “aesthetics of pollution”, the photographer casts his lens over the ecological disaster afflicting the Ganges, India’s most sacred and revered river. Giulio Di Sturco’s work draws us in, with the initial impact of the seductive, poetic image – presenting the majesty of nature from the perspective of the river and its banks – giving way to reveal its toxicity, a devastating consequence of industrialization, climate change and urbanization.⁠⠀