Himalaya Program Welcome Reception and Photo Exhibition Opening: Life with the Forest in Sikkim

The reception will be held from 5:00 – 7:00PM in Room 1221, in the Forest Sciences Centre, with the exhibit on show in the adjoining Atrium.

Photo Exhibit Information:

The forest is life for people in the Eastern Himalayas. Scholar and artist Saori Ogura lived in Sikkim for one year to better understand the indigenous Lepcha, or Rongkup, people’s ways of life and wisdom borne of living with the forest. During her stay and on many subsequent visits, Saori captured portraits of the villagers’ warmth and strength, as well as their livelihoods – especially the great diversity of traditional crops which are on the cusp of disappearing. Despite rapid lifestyle changes, village life offers an insight into the intricate relationships people have developed over many generations, enabling them to live in harmony with the forest. The exhibit runs for the week of 24-28 September 2018.

Artist Information: 

Saori Ogura was the recipient of the 2017 Nikon Salon Miki Jun Inspiration Award for her photojournalism project documenting her time living in Sikkim and Darjeeling in India’s Eastern Himalayas. Her doctoral research explores the relationships between people and nature, with a particular focus on food security through the diversity of traditional crops.

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