Ganges, India, 2014
Ganga Ma maps the river from its source in the Himalayas in India, all the way to its delta in the Bay of Bengal in Bangladesh. The main character of this story is a non-human entity: a river. Giulio Di Sturco decided to treat it as a human being and create a flow that would document the river as if he was documenting the life of a person. It was significant then, that in 2017 Mother Ganga was recognised as a living entity by the High Court of the state of Uttarakhand.
In documenting life on the Ganges, Di Sturco became witness to the devastating effects of climate change, industrialisation and urbanisation. With so many miles and lives at stake, it is clear that the river is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis and an ecological disaster. For Di Sturco, this is the most powerful metaphor of our conflicted approach to the natural world today: Mother Ganga is subject to the best and worst of human pressure, it is both revered and desecrated.