“Prune Nourry is a multi-disciplinary artist who finds pleasure in contradiction, whether in bioethics, mythology or even artistic materials. Although she hails from Paris and works in New York, for the past three years Nourry’s mind has been in India. She is currently wrapping up a three part project on gender selection in India entitled “Holy River.”
The title references the Ganges River, which is worshipped as the Hindu Ganga deity and deemed sacred through and through….Yet in reality the Holy River is one of the most polluted in the world, hazardous not only to those who bathe in it but to the surrounding ecosystem….
A similar paradox surrounds gender; while the female cow is praised for her fertility women are devalued and denied freedom. Gender selection began worsening the sex ratio in India in the 1980’s, and is estimated to create 25 million surplus males in India by 2020. After learning from academics, sociologists and scientists, Nourry presents us with the bizarre practices that worship a symbol while leaving a reality to drown.”
What a beautiful exhibition.