Tibetan MUSTANG: A Cultural Renaissance
It is within the hidden kingdom of Mustang that Tibetan Buddhist tradition is continuing in its historical and geographical authenticity. It is a region emerging in the 21st century as a beacon of the conservation of its art, architecture, community and culture. Culturally, geographically, and historically Tibetan, but within the borders of Nepal, Mustang presents a time capsule where the rich tradition of Tibetan Buddhism has been carried on to this day. Sumptuously muraled sacred temples dominate the medieval capital city of Lo Möntang, where the natives were no longer worshiping at the foot of the resplendent wall paintings due to centuries of deterioration.
The local Lobas, with funding from the American Himalayan Foundation, technical expertise and mentoring, have over the past 20+ years painstakingly restored the 15th C. wall murals and mandalas, thus reclaiming and revitalizing their heritage and culture. This unparalleled experiment is seen as a template for future projects around the world where indigenous people guide and participate in revitalizing their culture.
The painstaking mural restoration was directed by an Italian team, which began by training the unskilled and often illiterate Lobas—including women and monks. Instructing women for this work was a significant break in tradition. It was also a commitment toward maintaining the repaired murals and future conservation work by a team of trained Loba. Over recent years, the additional guidance of HH Sakya Trichen, the spiritual leader of Mustang, has been of vital support to both authenticity and preservation.
The culture of Mustang is experiencing its own modern renaissance that represents a profound lesson for addressing similar circumstances worldwide. While struggling in the face of environmental change, poverty and increasing external influence, Mustang bestows a bright shining light of possibility and purpose. It is a noble undertaking that ensures for the very people who are most impacted an ongoing integral relationship with their own cultural heritage.
This exhibition is a collaborative effort with fine art landscape photographer Kenneth Parker and co-authoring photographer and world-renowned conservator Luigi Fieni, who led this important project each year in Mustang for nearly two decades.
"The photographs in this exhibition document the living Buddhist traditions of Mustang celebrated in festivals and art, as well as the unique topography and elevation of the landscape. We see in them the extraordinary palette of colors, subtle nuance and extreme contrast in the natural environment, where the quality of light can be crystalline, and the skies a brilliant blue, intense and pure. The photographs of Luigi Fieni and Kenneth Parker allow us to appreciate the kingdom of Mustang, its inhabitants in their diverse activities, and their efforts to preserve their precious cultural heritage." —Dr Amy Heller
|70 Color photographs, 5 text panels, 2 videos, musical soundtrack|
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