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Marta Kotlarska on Wed, 15 May 2013 20:44:38 +0200 (CEST)


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Marta Kotlarska & Ula Kahul in the Montage Gallery, The Montage


25 May - 14 June
The Montage Gallery
33 Dartmourth Road
Forest Hill
London SE23 3HN
FREE

The exhibition aims to reflexively explore the role of photography and video in interaction with other cultures within the post-colonial context. 

Work MEETING  www.talkingwithanil.blogspot.co.uk   by Marta Kotlarska is based on the interaction with Anil Sharma, a 28-years-old, unmarried Indian man from the Swangla tribe of Himchal Pradesh in Himalaya. Born in a traditional Hindu family from the caste of Brahmins, however not very well-off, Anil lives in the town of Manali, but remains a part of the culture of the remote Laholu valley. In order to develop the story Marta and Anil use technological opportunities offered by modernity: Internet communication and video. 

Salaam Alaikum, Kargil! www.ulakahul.com/salaam-alaikum-kargil by Urszula Kahul takes us to Kargil, a small town in the north of India near the border with Pakistan. The majority of its population are Shia Muslims, but other religions, such as Buddhist, Sikh and Hindu, are also represented.  To learn more about the reality of the town, Urszula together with Grzegorz Staniszewski invited children from local school to document the family life of Kargil with the help of simple digital cameras. 

Marta Kotlarska graduated from the Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London, UK. Having worked as a photojournalist for several years, Marta has covered stories of national identity and economic changes in Poland, Ukraine, Russia and the Turkish part of Kurdistan. Since 2005 she has been working with Romani people in Eastern Europe, visiting and documenting their settlements as well as running a community project, Romani Click, which was exhibited internationally in Austrian Parliament in Vienna and in 2nd Roma Pavilion in Venice International Arts Biennale.

Urszula Kahul is a cultural anthropologist and sociologist, as well as a lover of documentary photography. Since 2010 she has been regularly returning to South Asia to find new inspiration and to share her skills with local communities. She runs participatory projects with aim to develop local self-representation, to enhance creativity and to stimulate dialogue. 


  1. Open call for submission

Have you been in India working, studying or simply traveling? Share your story. Bring your own pictures from your trip and present them to others. Share your thoughts on the role of photography and video while in travel and in contact with other cultures. We are searching people willing to present during In Dialog opening event on 25th of May, 3pm in the Montage Gallery. If interested please feel free to contact: Marta_kotlarska {AT} o2.pl

In Dialog exhibition will feature two projects: 

MEETING by Marta Kotlarska is based on the interaction with Anil Sharma, a 28-years-old, unmarried Indian man from the Swangla tribe of Himchal Pradesh in Himalaya. Born in a traditional Hindu family from the caste of Brahmins, however not very well-off, Anil lives in the town of Manali, but remains a part of the culture of the remote Laholu valley. In order to develop the story Marta and Anil use technological opportunities offered by modernity: Internet communication and video. Project website: www.talkingwithanil.blogspot.co.uk


Salaam Alaikum, Kargil! by Urszula Kahul takes us to Kargil, a small town in the north of India near the border with Pakistan. The majority of its population are Shia Muslims, but other religions, such as Buddhist, Sikh and Hindu, are also represented. Urszula together with Grzegorz Staniszewski invited children from local school to document the family life of Kargil with the help of simple digital cameras. The project was born out of an anthropological belief that in order to understand the local context better, the researcher, who is often a stranger to the community, should apply dialogical approach. The construction of the narration about the place requires close involvement and active participation of the locals. Project website: www.ulakahul.com/salaam-alaikum-kargil


Podaj swoje lub moje dane kontaktowe: Marta_kotlarska {AT} o2.pl


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2.   Open call for submission

Have you been in India working, studying or simply traveling? Share your story. Bring your own pictures from your trip and present them to others. Share your thoughts on the role of photography and video while in travel and in contact with other cultures. We are searching people willing to present during In Dialog opening event on 25th of May, 3pm in the Montage Gallery. If interested please feel free to contact: Marta_kotlarska {AT} o2.pl

In Dialog exhibition will feature two projects: 

MEETING by Marta Kotlarska is based on the interaction with Anil Sharma, a 28-years-old, unmarried Indian man from the Swangla tribe of Himchal Pradesh in Himalaya. Born in a traditional Hindu family from the caste of Brahmins, however not very well-off, Anil lives in the town of Manali, but remains a part of the culture of the remote Laholu valley. In order to develop the story Marta and Anil use technological opportunities offered by modernity: Internet communication and video. Project website: www.talkingwithanil.blogspot.co.uk


Salaam Alaikum, Kargil! by Urszula Kahul takes us to Kargil, a small town in the north of India near the border with Pakistan. The majority of its population are Shia Muslims, but other religions, such as Buddhist, Sikh and Hindu, are also represented. Urszula together with Grzegorz Staniszewski invited children from local school to document the family life of Kargil with the help of simple digital cameras. The project was born out of an anthropological belief that in order to understand the local context better, the researcher, who is often a stranger to the community, should apply dialogical approach. The construction of the narration about the place requires close involvement and active participation of the locals. Project website: www.ulakahul.com/salaam-alaikum-kargil


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Donate your no more in use but still working digital camera for the arts project GOSAIKUNDA.


To arrange donation of the camera please feel free to:


drop Marta Kotlarska a fb priv (http://www.facebook.com/marta.kotlarska.1
call Marta’s London number: +447789813378 
email: marta_kotlarska {AT} o2.pl

Or bring the camera to The Montage Gallery
33 Dartmourth Road
Forest Hill
London SE23 3HN between 25 May and 14 June




The main aim of the project is to provide interesting extracurricular activities for a group of young people living in Syabru Bensi village in Lamtang region. In addition to this the project activities will help to preserve the local heritage and the project exhibitions will help to spread the world on local heritage of Lamtang region in Nepal.

In July 2013 two artists, Marta Kotlarska and Anna Udowicka, will run, during the period of 14 days, 8 days long participatory photography workshop in Syabru Bensi village in Lamtang region in remote Nepal. 

At first via the interviews with local elderly people in the village they will collect local story on Goisakunda Lake. Subsequently they will run a series of workshops with a group of up to 20 children.

For the first 3 days the children will get digital cameras and will be asked to capture their everyday life. Afterwards, supervised by us, they will prepare photo illustration to the local legend on the Gosaikunda lake. They will also collect interviews on the heritage of the region and family photographies their families may own. 

The exhibition of the results of the young people efforts will be shown in public space in the village, on the trekking route to the Gosaikunda Lake during the Jainai Purima celebrations, as well as in Kathmandu. It will be also printed as postcards to be sold in the village and the income will be to support next educational activity in the village. 

Syabru Bensi is one of the three entrances into the trekking route to the Gosaikunda Lake. The lake is situated at 4380 meters above see level. During Jainai Purima celebrations every year approximately 25000 pilgrims sets on a journey to the lake to undertake the ritual ablution. 

Subsequently after finishing the workshops artists will also go for the pilgrimage and take the pictures during the pilgrimage. 


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