GANGA / GANGUDDY, Cementa19 Contemporary Arts Festival, Kandos, NSW

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Ganga / Ganguddy

A Confluence – an anthropocentric meditation on the rivers of the Ganges and the Cudgegong.

Video footage from along the banks of both the Ganges River(Ganga) in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India and the Cudgegong river at Dunns Swamp (Ganguddy), Wollemi National Park, NSW Australia are brought together to create an intriguing confluence of the waters of the two rivers.

The video footage in Varanasi was taken during the annual Chhath festival in 2014 when Burrows was doing a residency at the Kriti Artist Residence in Varanasi. A residency he has returned to a number of times to research, produce and exhibit projects. In India Burrows has exhibited at the Kriti Gallery in Varanasi, the Rabindranath Tagore Center in Calcutta and the Lalit Kala Akademi of Fine Arts in Delhi. The Chhath is an ancient Hindu festival dedicated to the Sun.

The footage at Ganguddy – Dunns Swamp, in the nearby Wollemi National Park, was taken along the banks of the Cudgegong river where the majestic sandstone cliffs and pagoda-like rock structures intrigue with their suggestions of weathered architecture. Ganguddy as it is known to local Wiradjuri Aboriginal people is a beautiful, serene waterway on the Cudgegong River, created when Kandos Weir was built in the late 1920s to supply water to the cement plant. Burrows often rows here on his inflatable kayak.