«Exile» is the third part of Vasantha Yogananthan’s long-term project, A Myth of Two Souls, which offers a contemporary rereading of Ramayana. An epopee of 7 chapters attributed to the poet Valmiki, the Ramayana, composed more than two thousand years ago, is one of the fundamental texts of Hindu mythology.
Since 2013, Vasantha Yogananthan has been travelling India from north to south, tracing the journey of the heroes of the epic. Between fiction and reality, he deliberately blurs lines by multiplying approaches: colour photographs, repainted photographs, illustrated photographs and vernacular images make up the layers of a timeless narrative.
After the marriage of Rama and Sita, the two heroes celebrated in the second chapter, this third book tells of their exile. Following a family plot, Rama is banished from the kingdom, thus forced to live fourteen years on the road accompanied by Sita and his brother Lakshmana. The writer Arshia Sattar was entrusted with the writing of the third chapter of this epic – which has been constantly reinterpreted throughout the ages.
The project A Myth of Two Souls will be the subject of 7 books published at the rate of two per year until 2020, by Chose Commune.
First edition of 1000 copies
Photographs: Vasantha Yogananthan / Text: Arshia Sattar / Design: Kummer&herrman
24.5 x 30 cm
192 pages (Japanese binding)
Chose Commune is a french independent publishing house based in Paris. CC curates, edit and produce artists books with a focus on photography and works on paper.