The Hambantota Connection, 2013

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© Kerstin Hamilton

“The String of Pearls” is based on the remarkable recent infrastructure projects in the Sri Lankan fishing town Hambantota. Here, Chinese capital and labour has been ploughed into the construction of what might become the largest port in South Asia. As China re-emerges as a superpower and Western hegemony wanes, the Indian Ocean has become a geopolitical nexus. In the centre of this new map lies Hambantota that seems to fit perfectly into what American and Indian military strategists refer to as the “String of Pearls”: a plot of vital infrastructure developments along the rim of the Indian Ocean. (KH)


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Kerstin Hamilton (1978, Sweden) lives and works in Gothenburg. She holds a Bachelor in Photography at Dublin Institute of Technology and a Master in Fine Arts in Photography at the Gothenburg University. She is part of the PhD programme for artistic research at the Valand Academy and in the autumn 2015 she will exhibit at Fotohof, Salzburg.