Giulio Di Sturco’s series ‘Living Entity’ – an eight year story about the first non-human entity granted the same legal rights as the people in India – the river Ganges, to raise questions about our responsibility towards it. If we have decided to accept it as a human being, will we treat it this way? “Is the Ganges destined to die exactly under the blows of humanity, or can we hope for change?”
“The Ganges is a prime example of the unresolved contradiction between man and the environment.” Once wild, free and vigorous Ganges has dramatically changed over the recent years, affected by the climate change, industrialization and urbanization, and now is one of the most polluted rivers in the world. The Ganges river is considered sacred by more than 1 billion Indians and on brink of an ecological crisis, will it just threaten to damage the human daily life, health and environment, or also the spirit of the river itself?
“The Ganges River is a symbol of Indian civilization and spirituality—it is a source of poetry and legends. In Hindu mythology, the Ganges is considered a “Tirtha,” which means a crossing point between heaven and earth. My fear is this bridge may crumble in our lifetime.”