As glaciers in the sacred Himalayan Mountains of Nepal melt at a rapid pace due to climate change, photographer Ray Begley showcases in her latest exhibition the vast beauty that is under threat.
The exhibition titled And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out was inspired by a poem from jazz musician Sun-Ra and pays homage to the album by indie rock band Yo Le Tango. The exhibition combines photographs, videos, sound and installation works of these incredible glaciers in the Khumbo region of Nepal. The spiritual message behind the photographs reveal the impact humans are having on nature and the local’s deep connection with the land (they believe in mountain gods who will release fury onto those who disrespect the land and the mountains).
City Hub spoke to Ray Begley about why it was important for her to work in more than one medium for this exhibition.
“The sound element in particular is quite a major part of the work, as soon as I came back from the trip and was in the process of editing I just saw sounds straight away to go alongside the work, I felt it was a really good way to communicate the mountain culture and bring the people back in some way to the landscape works.”
COMMUNE will be hosting the exhibition with a percentage of sales from the photographs going to The Ice Scupa Project to help them combat climate change and melting glaciers. Don’t miss out on this fascinating artistic undertaking!
Nov 2-5. COMMUNE, 901 Bourke St, Waterloo. Info: www.thecommune.co
By Daniel Jaramillo.