India’s Punjab is the land of the five rivers, five (Punj) rivers (Aab) – Ravi, Satluj, Chenab, Beas and Jhelum. It is also the birthplace of Max Kandhola’s family, who historically were landowners, with connections to farming, agriculture and also to the military.
Max Kandhola decided to go back to Punjab after completing his project Illustration of Life (2002) in which he documented his father’s last moments of life, and reflected on issues within Sikh ritual, immortality and death.
Over the last four years, he has visited the region as part of a continuing project to map family history through an odyssey of ancestral narratives, exploring memory, diaspora and identity. For him it is a land which is unfamiliar, yet it provides both a context and a beginning. Kandhola’s journey began in Nurmahal, in the district of Jalandhar, from which most of his family originally came. Using this as a starting point he travelled from the centre of Punjab outwards.
Max Kandhola’s work and essays have been exhibited and published internationally and a touring exhibition of Flatland is currently in preparation. Kandhola lives in Birmingham and is Senior Lecturer in Photography at Nottingham Trent University.
ISBN: 978-1-904587-39-9 Hardback, clothbound with inset 96 pages, 42 photographs 300 x 300mm