The Sea of Pain by Raul Zurita from Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Chilean poet Raul Zurita dedicates this work to Galip Kurdi the brother of Alan Kurdi, the three year-old boy who was washed ashore a beach on the second of September 2015, his image becomes synonymous with the Syrian refugee crisis. Both their mothers died in Mediterranean sea that day. Situating himself as a father, Zurita ask the audience: Don’t you listen? Don’t you look, Don’t you hear me? The sea that divides between people, that border between lands is the site of pain and suffering, it is where Galip Kurdi and so many others have died – their deaths or not captured or remembered. The sea is the body that is reflected on, that you read these words immersed in the water.

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