Christopher Pinney in conversation with Ronny Sen

About the event
28 Sep 2018

We're pleased to present a discussion between artist Ronny Sen and Christopher Pinney, Professor of Anthropology and Visual Culture at University College London. The two of them will take us through Fire Continuum, Ronny's ongoing exhibition at TARQ, situating it within Sen’s wider art practice. The conversation will also examine how Sen, through his photography and film-making engages with the wider social and political discourse in South Asia.

Date: Friday, 28th September, 2018
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue: TARQ
(This event is free but we request you to RSVP)


Fire Continuum highlights Sen’s photographic engagement with the contemporary landscape, with a sharp focus on Jharia, a coal mining town in Jharkhand. In this series, the artist looks deeply into the current issue of environmental degradation that has made life unliveable in some parts of the world. 

Sen captures images of the coal fire that has been burning in Jharia since the early 1900s, as well as unethical and unsustainable mining practices that continue in the area till today. The result of this is a set of entirely surreal images that are simultaneously morbid and immeasurably beautiful. Initially published as a book titled End of Time (Nazar Photography Monographs 04) in 2017, the photographs in the exhibition allow an opportunity to explore in detail how precious the environment is in this very moment.