A Disappearing World
Date: 14 April 2011Time: 10:30 AM
Finishes: 25 June 2011Time: 5:00 PM
Venue: Brunei GalleryRoom: Brunei Gallery Exhibition Rooms
Type of Event: Exhibition
Ancient Traditions Under Threat in Tribal India. Tradition, continuity and conflict in Jharkhand State.
An exhibition of photography by Robert Wallis and artwork by members of the Tribal Women’s Artist Collective from Jharkhand, North Central India.
In the early 21st century, India is experiencing unprecedented economic growth. The middle class is becoming more prosperous and numerous, the cities are rapidly expanding. But to fuel this economic boom, raw materials are being extracted by mining corporations at an ever-increasing rate from mineral-rich states in north central India inhabited by people who can claim to be the oldest dwellers in the land. These non-Hindu tribal groups, known as Adivasi, have traditionally worshipped nature and maintained spiritual connections to ancestral territory where they have lived for thousands of years. Yet few Adivasi hold paper deeds to their land. As mining spreads, Adivasi are being displaced into resettlement camps or urban slums, dispossessed of their heritage and surviving as scavengers on the periphery of mines where they once hunted or farmed.
A growing economic gap between urban and rural India, and the so-called “resource curse” of a rich land but poor people, is leading to militant insurgency in the countryside and prompting debate within the Indian government and beyond. Should India continue on its centralised model of development? Can the rights of Adivasi to continue living according to their ancient traditions be accommodated in the new India?
Photographer Robert Wallis’ work on environmental, social and economic issues in Asia and other parts of the world has been widely published. You can see more of Robert Wallis’ work at http://www.tinyurl.com/jharkhandfeature and http://www.tinyurl.com/jharkhandmultimedia
The Tribal Women’s Artist Collective (TWAC)
TWAC from Jharkhand, India preserves artistic traditions passed down from mothers to daughters. It also campaigns to protect the Jharkhand environment and ancient archaeological and rock-art sites across the state. Find out more at http://www.karanpuracampaign.com
I went to the Brunei Gallery at SOAS in Russel square & saw 2 amazing exhibitions.This one The Disappearing World was full of beautiful, atmospheric photgraphs & art work..but so sad as literally these peoples land & way of life is being destroyed by the open cast coal mines.