In Walking the Sea, Ginzburg literally and metaphorically crosses the Aral Sea – an inland salt-water sea that lies between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Previously one of the four largest inland bodies of water in the world with an area of more than 26,000 sq miles, the Aral Sea has been steadily shrinking since the 1960s due to the Soviet irrigation project which diverted feeder-rivers to irrigate cotton fields in the surrounding desert. Walking the Sea draws on the theory that the Aral Sea has disappeared underground and reemerged several times throughout history. Likening the idea of this “sub-sea” to Lacanian concepts of the mechanism of the subconscious, Walking the Sea invokes tropes and methods of psychoanalysis to draw lines of memory and imagination, both collective and individual.
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