Marie Velardi employs fact and fiction, to both imagine and question the future. Her work closely examines movements of the earth, such as the continuous shift between land and sea, or inhabited islands disappearing into the ocean due to rising water levels as seen in the work titled ‘Terre-Mer’, or Sea-Land.
Pages of a hypothetical Book of Possible Futures, with a series of watercolor drawings named ‘Temporal Maps’ includes short texts in English and Marathi, inspired by discussions with Indian women on their hopes for the future.
Marie Velardi was born in Geneva, Switzerland. She lives and works in Geneva and Paris. Her work has been exhibited in Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy and the UK. In 2014-2015 she represented Switzerland at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India. She has won various awards; among them the '2015 Scholarship of the City of Geneva' for her on-going research project called "Terre-Mer" ("Sea-Land"). In 2016 she was selected by Pro Helvetia for a three- month residency in India (in Delhi and Mumbai).
Explore the Museum's collection of rare maps of Mumbai in the 19th century and create your own maps imagining the future of Mumbai!
Age Group: 7 - 15