OLIVIA D’CRUZ


A MINE AND IT’S WATERY EXTENSIONS 

Installation
2022                                           
When an iron ore mine breaches the water table, local springs run dry, heavy metals seep into wells. Water that feeds the Jamun trees, the Bison and the Rasbora, trickles into the acidic stomach of the mine, only to be pumped out again. Further down the production line, the iron ore is bathed in water and sent off on its journey down the Mandovi river. The same river that the Portuguese colonizers sailed up 450 years ago and drew the first mining leases. 



The installation, an ode to the beings and the water affected by iron ore mining in Goa, was part of the project ‘In the Courtroom with Rocks’, created together with Marina Sulima.

Photographed by Monika Balu

Fe203 A DREAM  

Short film, 9’55”
2022                                           
A retelling of the troubles of a local farmer and retired activist, C, from Quepem, South Goa where iron ore mining had resulted in the drying up of 6 springs. She worries about the future of her daughter and her farm in a time where the local government favours quick bucks over ancient ecosystems. In a dream she finds herself back at the mining pit where she meets three figures, the future generations, who break some bad news.



The film is part of the exhibition ‘In the Courtroom with Rocks’, created together with Marina Sulima.

THE SPECTATORS
Animation, installation 3’16”
2021                                           
The Spectators is an installation and animation featuring the Slingertuin, a care farm where animals play a role in the healing of people. This farm, like many others in the province of Groningen, has been damaged by earthquakes, caused by decades of gas mining. While filming the animals, I noticed one inquisitive guineafowl was keeping an eye on me and Niels, the goose, shimmied and screeched at me regularly. They reminded me that I am also a predator and an intruder along with an artist, human etc.



I was invited to by Museum Villa Mondriaan to respond to one of Piet Mondriaan’s early paintings, Boerderij 1895. The work was part of the exhibition Jong en Veelbelovend at Museum Villa Mondriaan in Winterswijk in 2021.

HET VOGELNEST (The Bird Nest)
Workshop, Short film 7’28”
2021                                           
Het Vogelnest was a walk-in workshop developed for children at Cinekid festival 2021. The participants and their parents transformed into our beloved city birds, the ooievaar, duif, meerkoet, and eend, among others. They were invited to interview each other about life in the city. Topics ranged from poop to politics to pancakeships.
Project with Cinekid festival