Women of the seven seas
Women of the seven seas

Shaina Anand

Shaina Anand was born in Bombay city, a cluster of tidal islands, fishing villages and bits of ocean that were reclaimed to merge into the estuarial mainland. The "Bom Baia" was dowry from the Portuguese to the British and became a key port of call for the infrastructures of capitalism in the early 19th via opium and cotton.  It is now called Mumbai, officially renamed 25 years ago by the regional right, presumably after the fisherwoman mother-goddess named "Mumba Aai".
She still lives in this city. She sails seashells on the seashore and is governed by tidal time,  sunsets and moonsets. The horizon is her daily limit and she often crunches time and space and imagines continental re-drifts, nourishing her childhood theory that the western coast India would snap-fit back into the eastern edge of the island of Madagascar, and so on. 

On concrete, she works as a mother and as an artist - often in predominately "male" spaces - with sailors, coast watchers, container loaders, cctv operators, cycle rickshaw pullers...and does not worry too much about gender balancing.

We were here yesterday, we will be here tomorrow.

A few years ago while filming the hand-eye coordination and point of view of crane operators from inside their cabins 150 feet above land, as they dropped containers onto ships in the Pearl River Delta, she thought of Anna Walentynowicz, the crane operator at Gdansk who had been inspired by communist propaganda to "build ships" and went on to build "Solidarity".

When re-watching the restored Man with a Movie Camera, still for her "the best film of the last century", she always fist bumps Elizaveta Svilova, Mother editor - and her loving bits of indexed film footage for all that she has given us.

She wonders why the Guerilla girls wear Gorilla masks. Still?

She agrees: we need more xenofeminisms of the sea.

Shaina is co-founder of the collaborative artists group CAMP, whose works have been exhibited in streets, ports, festivals, biennials and museums worldwide.  

For more: https://studio.camp/shortguide/

First Meeting
Women of the Seven Seas - Online-Symposium
First Shefarers' Parade of Hamburg
### CALL ### CALL ### CALL ### TO THE WOMEN* OF THE SEVEN SEAS What: 3 Weeks Residency Where: Hamburg Port When: Summer 2022 ###
Women of the Seven Seas - a Lecture Performance
Residencies in Hamburg Port
Lecture Performance & Salon at Kampnagel Sommerfestival Hamburg
Call for the Shefarers of Ipswich
Puan Samudra (The Ocean's Women Guardians)
Shefarers of Ipswich - Open Ship & Banquet
Change is needed.
Activities of the Women of the Seven Seas
Become a Member

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

About the Women of the Seven Seas.
Giuditta Vendrame

Giuditta Vendrame. Artist, Designer, Researcher.

What water does to our brains

The water, like any of the larger intangible un-holdable natural systems --like sky and weather, will teach you things that will take you forever to learn on land. 

Exterritory Project Cargo


Interview with FESAN, July 2021

Interview with FESAN

1. Hamburger Seefrauenparade / Shefarers' Parade Hamburg
Mutiny on the Bivalvia - interview with a seafarer

radio play by Nadja Abt, 2021

constance hockaday

constance hockaday

Giuditta Vendrame
1. My Ancestors Were Sailors/ Nenek Moyangku Seorang Pelaut (By Ibu Sud)

a text by Nova Ruth 

2. Many years ago, composer Ibu Sud wrote Nenek Moyangku Seorang Pelaut as a cheery song for children.

a text by Nova Ruth 

water gives and takes life

a text by Kristin Samir Jaibi Loren du Pon

engine at sea

on board of the Sea-Watch by Kristin Feddersen 

Black Water
Country of the Sea



ongoing work based on researches about seafaring, ships and harbours

The Women of the Seven Seas - A Science Fiction
3. My grandmother, Soetinah, grew up on the coast of Pare-pare, South Sulawesi, ...

a text by Nova Ruth 

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf


You Make a Better Wall Than A Window - a boattrip

about the water as public space and the lack of access 

secret agency goes to Hollywood

Women of the Seven Seas - A Science Fiction, part II

Nova Ruth
4. As kids, we were even told that when we went to the beach, we shouldn’t wear green,...

a text by Nova Ruth 

Kristin Feddersen
secret agency - Arka Kinari hand over ritual

secret agency has been travelling on board of Arka Kinari along the Molukka Islands (Indonesia) to celebrate and hand over the network "Women of the Seven Seas" to Nova Ruth (Arka Kinari). Crossing the Equator (N/S 0°00.000´- E127°28.820`) we put the flags out greating all women of the seven seas while offering rice, flowers, knowledge and beauty to the floating water. 


music by Nova Ruth 

Shaina Anand

Filmmaker and Artist, CAMP

Female Seafarers' Association of Nigeria


geheimagentur / secret agency
Exterritory Project
Nadja Abt
Mary Mattingly
What you can learn from the Floating Neutrinos