Hermit crabs and street dogs have one thing in common: neither have permanent homes. நாயும் நண்டும் -- "Dog & Crab" presents a glimpse into the hardscrabble lives of two animals on the streets of Chennai.
There are over 800 hermit crabs species in the world. Most live in the ocean but a few are land dwellers. Hermit crabs have fragile exoskeletons. They search and scavenge for mobile homes, squeezing their fleshy bodies into various spaces for protection. When a hermit crab dies, its body releases pheromone signals to other hermit crabs to indicate that a new space is now vacant for occupancy.
Misha was born in Chennai, India. Much like the street dogs and hermit crabs in the zine, she calls many cities around the world her home. Misha has a background in fine art, art history and exhibition curation, and has worked in museums and galleries in Toronto, Doha, and Dubai. She's co-created a few zines too. Check out her other illustrations in Blaft's Ghosts, Monsters, And Demons Of India.
Evin Collis is a multidisciplinary artist and animator from Winnipeg, Canada. Through a combination of drawing, painting, comics, and stop-motion animation his work investigates the complexities of the degraded landscape and the human condition. The narratives tend to provoke the instability and fragility of human and animal existence and the vulnerabilities of modern life. Evin visited Chennai in 2018, and very much enjoyed exploring the city by street. www.evincollis.com
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