I am pleased to announce that Afterlife, the sixth book of my long-term project A Myth of Two Souls is now available to order here. The first 100 orders will receive a signed copy of the book along with a free C-print 18 x 24 cm. Shipping from September 21st 2020.
Afterlife is centered around the bloody war between the army of Ravana and the army of Rama. As its title suggests, the chapter deals with death and reincarnation. With Rama’s cruelty finally revealed, the series can be read as a visual exploration of one man’s descent into the darkness of the soul. Although the pictures were shot in Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu over two editions of Dussehra — the Indian festival celebrating the victory of good over evil — they do not document the festivities. They focus on the trance people try to reach night after night, as if during one week they were allowed to escape their bodies to become somebody else. The Ramayana has been continuously rewritten and reinterpreted through time, and for Yogananthan’s Afterlife has been retold by Indian writer Meena Kandasamy.
Photographs and collages: Vasantha Yogananthan
Poem: Meena Kandasamy
Hardcover with tip-in
24,5 x 30 cm
136 pages (40 shorter pages 20 x 30 cm)
Publication date: 18 September 2020