I am pleased to announce that Amma, the seventh and last chapter of my long-term project A Myth of Two Souls is now available to order here. To celebrate this epic saga, I am presenting a very special book published by Chose Commune — with 60 photographs tipped-in by hand (printed and bound in Italy). The pictures composing Amma were produced over 13 trips to India in Sri Lanka (2013- 2021). The first 150 orders will receive a signed copy of the book along with a free C-print 18 x 24 cm. Shipping from September 27th 2021.
Amma (‘Mother’ in Tamil language) closes the project A Myth of Two Souls, after 437 pictures published over seven books by Chose Commune (2016-2021). Amma is centered around the princess Sita and deals with the concept of ‘purity’. By no means a happy ending, the closure of The Ramayana forces us to question Rama’s behaviour and his obedience to rules set by a patriarchal society. On the other hand, Sita’s beliefs and actions are free from culture. Sita means furrow in sanskrit, she is the daughter of the Earth.
The pictures composing Amma take us from the seacoast of Sri Lanka, to the city of Ayodhya to the jungle of Bihar, India. Their chromatic scale recreate a world where civilization gradually disappears to leave room to a purely metaphysical space. The Ramayana has neither end nor beginning. It represents the circle of life and therefore it will always be.
A heartfelt thank you to those of you who have followed and supported this independent publishing venture.
Photographs and text: Vasantha Yogananthan
24,5 x 30 cm
Softcover with flaps
60 photographs tipped-in by hand
English / French
Publication date: 27 September 2021