Women of the seven seas
Women of the seven seas

Country of the Sea

In a remarkable Gujarati chart of the Gulf of Aden dated around 1810, we see a drawing of parallel Arabian and Somali coasts, heavily travelled by Gujarati sailors since the 17th century. The coasts in this map are crafted and detailed, and create the impression of a world populated on its edges by different civilisations, bordering and channelling the faraway movements of sailors and traders from India.

CAMP in collaboration with young artists from the Shunya Collective presents a contemporary map of these seas, based on their 5-year project with Gujarati sailors in the Western Indian Ocean, from Kuwait to Mombasa. This is an unusual sort of map that brings the coasts of India, Africa, Iran and the Arab states in dialogue with each other. Inspired by the chart from 1810 mentioned above, the coastlines now come closer together and evoke the cultural proximities and divides produced by these seas, so important to the city of Mumbai which also features prominently at one of its edges.

The map is 17 feet by 5 feet high and is produced using solar exposed cyanotype print. More than 100 cities and small ports from Khor al Zubair/ Basra to the Mozambique corridor from north-south, and from Mumbai to Berbera east-west, are marked on the map. But the shape of the map disorients an easy reading of this territory as the usual physical geography. It provokes an image of the sea as its own “country”, with frontier towns at its edges. The work establishes the materiality of the sea that we (some of us) see out of our windows in Mumbai, but whose other faraway edges we have lost awareness of. It brings these edges back into geological and cultural play, as if the pre-historic “breakaway” of the Indian landmass from Africa in what has been called Gondwanaland, was never a complete success. 

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First Meeting
Women of the Seven Seas - Online-Symposium
First Shefarers' Parade of Hamburg
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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
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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