Afterwards – Graphic Narratives of Disaster Risk and Recovery from India
Afterwards is an anthology of visual narratives of disaster impacts and the process of recovery that follows. These stories were drawn from the testimonies of disaster-affected individuals, households, and communities documented between 2018-19 from the Indian states of Odisha, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala. They communicate challenges related to housing resettlement, loss of livelihoods, gender-based exclusion among others. At the heart of this anthology lies the idea of ‘representation’: how are those affected portrayed by the media, state actors, official documents; how are their needs represented and how do these portrayals impact the lives of those at risk and shape their recovery?
Graphically illustrating these themes provides a platform to relay personal experiences of disaster risk and recovery. This creative mode of representation aims to take such important narratives to a wider audience, beyond academia.