Born in Chinsurah, West Bengal in 1981, Hura decided he wanted to follow a career in photography while studying for an Economics masters at the University of Delhi. His first photography project, Life Is Elsewhere, shot between 2005 and 2011, chronicled his relationship with his mother, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 1999, when Hura was just 17 years old.
This photograph is from the series The Lost Head & the Bird, in which Hura uses the Indian coastline as a lens to examine the country’s changing politics and society, specifically the growing spectre of religious, sexual, and caste violence. The project was accompanied by a surreal short story about a woman whose head is stolen by a past lover. In her subsequent travels, she comes across a fortune teller, who tries to take advantage of her lack of sight by selling her a crow as a “parrot with a horrible cough”. The story gets stuck in an endless loop, with the woman returning to the fortune teller to again buy a crow she’s told is a parrot.