Whispers’ vibrations is a visualisation of an unconventional lyrical space in the environment rendered into a form through an installation with lights. It is based on the local dialect, life and environment of Ladakh - A poetic recreation, structured around the five elements of nature and executed in an open space. The dynamism and vitality of the setting, collaboration with native children of Residential Nomadic School, Puga belonging to the Changpa tribe of Changthang valley in Ladakh, creates the ultimate visual drama in this initiative.
It is steeped in the local environment, woven with local activities, voices, songs and music into an organic milieu. This process of relating to the Cultural Geomorphology of this region evolves a debate on the ‘Disappearing Dialogues’ within the region in the Himalayas.
It is a creative experience that integrates light, sound, body and space into one artistic expression. As the region has no electricity, light served a source of hope within this performance-based installation. It reflects the whispering cries of the vulnerable environment as well as the vibrating organic life of children within the region.
Ladakh holds an undiscovered treasure trove of medicinal and aromatic plants and even the young children in Ladakh are empowered by indigenous botanical and geographical knowledge, inherited through informal traditional learning imparted by their ancestors. A welcome contrast to knowledge that is bombarded on children at urban schools. This video celebrates their spirit with light of hope.
(The nomadic Changpas have an enriched, ancient and well-knit society. It is an excellent antithesis to the modern life where we struggle to cope up with our ever-changing environments. In extreme climates, at adverse situations these nomadic tribes, rearing Pashmina goats, sheep and yaks, retain their nomadic living and vivid culture through a deep understanding of the forces of nature. An intricate, multi-dimensional pastoral system runs their livestock.
The tribe interprets and reciprocates to the forces of nature (known as ‘SA, CHU, ME, LOONG’ – earth water, fire, wind respectively) through their intuitive sense. They can predict forthcoming storms, heavy rainfall, climatic or weather changes by observing the natural forces of wind and water, formation of clouds, colour of the sky or the smell of nature. They respect and share a truly symbiotic relationship with their surroundings. Interestingly there is practically no definition of waste in their lives - each element they use is biodegradable and is used up entirely.)
However, the younger generations of nomads are now growing reluctant to pursue their traditions of rearing Pashmina goats. There a growing fear that nomadic culture will soon disappear due to increasing attraction of alternate livelihood with developing tourism.
Ladakh "Six Souls Of Puga:The Wind of Change by D. WANGCHUK MONGOL
EXHIBITIONS -ABOUT THE ARTIST
Nobina Gupta is an alumnus of Santineketan. She has created a niche for herself, through significant representations at international Art fairs such as Art Fair Cologne, Germany (2013), Art Asia Miami (2011), Art Dubai (2011), Art Stages, Singapore (2012). She has also done solo shows in Switzerland at Galerie Kashya Hildebrand (2011) & Jan Kossen Contemporary Gallery (2014), in India at Gallery Sanskriti (2011) (2015) along with eminent group shows in London, Sweden, Indonesia and India. Through her recent participations in ‘Earth Art Project’, in Ladakh at 17000ft cosponsored by Japan Foundation and ‘Encounters 2015- Spaces in Transition’, a Public Art Festival in Mumbai organized by Art O2 she has created engaging public interactions that have added to her repertoire.
Being an avid traveller to the Himalayas her work is inspired by the observations, filtered through a sensibility and naturally attuned to the language of abstraction. Her imagery has developed over time by expressing ideas in varied mediums through her profound understanding of contemporary visual culture.
Engaging viewers into intimate personal encounters with interactive Public Art Projects, Installations, video projections, ink painting she raises questions about the ongoing paradigms of development and sustainability within the present society.