Camillo Pasquarelli (*1988, Italy) is interested in long-term projects adopting photography as a tool of knowledge contaminated by the self-reflective approach of anthropology.
In the last five years he has been working extensively in the valley of Kashmir, India, at first documenting the political conflict between the population and the Indian administration, and later trying to explore a more personal and oneiric approach to the issue.
Publisher: Witty Books
A disputed land between India and Pakistan since 1947, Kashmir is today one of the most militarized zones in the world. Soon after gaining independence from the British Empire, the two countries fought a war over Kashmir until the end of 1948. In the same year, the United Nations Security Council adopted the Resolution 47, urging the preparation of a plebiscite in order to let the Kashmiri people decide whether to join India or Pakistan. No such plebiscite has ever been held. Every time the Kashmiri people fought for Azadi (“freedom”, in Urdu), their struggle has been silenced with blood.
Monsoons never cross the mountains is a visual journey through the struggle of the Kashmiri people, trapped in an endless season of sorrow while waiting for the spring of Azadi. It is an attempt to depict the emotional landscape of the valley of Kashmir through the eyes of children, entangled in this cycle from the very beginning of their life.
Book Specs: 84 Pages; 16,7 x 23,7 cm; Swiss binding; 500 copies; Design by Jacopo Undari; Published in December 2020; ISBN 979-12-80177-02-5. Available here.