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A Weathered People

Photographs by NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati & Text by Prawin Adhikari

How do Khumbu people perceive this threat? What recent change in climate have they noticed? What is the solution to these perceived problems? Where should the solutions come from?

Glacial waters from the Khumbu become the tributaries of the Koshi river. Each year, the Koshi inundates arable land, making it fertile. The floods also brings sand. The fate of the people living along the Koshi is decided by where the fertile soil is deposited, and where the sand deflects the current. One year may bring the promise of bountiful harvest, another may sweep away livestocks and erase entire villages.

This series of portraits and accompanying texts is an attempt to tell the story about Nepal’s ordinary citizens and their place in the landscape. How is change in climate affecting the lives of these people, if at all? How do people find themselves responding to these changes? These pictures and quotes perhaps begin to answer such questions.

photo.circle will be curating this exhibition at Planet Nepal, Festival of Arts and Environment at Manga Hiti, Patan Durbar Square & Patan Museum Garden on 29-31 October 2010. This series of portraits and landscapes is also being exhibited at the Kathmandu Center of Contemporary Arts in Jhamsikhel from 2 November Р10 November and also at Maison Des M̩tallos in Paris on 20 Р21 November 2010. Planet Nepal is being organized by Alliance Fran̤aise in Kathmandu, CulturesFrance and the French Embassy in Nepal.

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A Weathered People showing at Manga Hiti, Patan Durbar Square.

A Weathered People showing at Manga Hiti, Patan Durbar Square.

A Weathered People showing at Planet Nepal, Patan Museum garden.

A Weathered People exhibition at Planet Nepal . Paris by photographer NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati and text by Prawin Adhikari at Maison des Metallos, Paris. Photo: Arun Gurung

A Weathered People exhibition at Planet Nepal . Paris by photographer NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati and text by Prawin Adhikari at Maison des Metallos, Paris. Photo: Arun Gurung

Kutumba performance at A Weathered People exhibition venue at Maison des Metallos, Paris. Photo: Arun Gurung

Kutumba performance at A Weathered People exhibition venue at Maison des Metallos, Paris. Photo: Arun Gurung

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