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Pyar Hi Jeevan Hai (love is life)

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Belle Shafir was deeply moved by the warmth, easy camaraderie, and purity of the ordinary people in Modinagar, that contrasted with her experiences in the capitalist/militarist state of Israel. She made a shrine for love ‘Pyar hi Jeevan Hai’ (love is life), in a quiet corner near the pond, surrounded by mango trees. Around one totemic trunk, decorated with garlands, a primitive bark carving and drawings, she smoothed and smeared the egg shaped land with Sindhur mixed with milk. Around this was a garland of dried leaves. Fragile and ecologically aware, the work was filled with stray details of stitched leaves that were scattered around.

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