Image source: The image was taken during our workshop in May 2018.
Henasku is a small village in Ladakh along the Kargil-Leh national highway. Once a critical stop along the Silk route, today it remains hidden behind a gorge, with less than 150 people living there. Known as ‘Zbayul’, which means ‘the invisible village’ in the local dialect. Our project is an attempt to document, preserve and bring forward the lesser known heritage of Ladakh and create livelihood opportunities for local communities. Through the workshop, we will live with locals, observe their way of life, document their history and heritage, and understand how through the medium of art, we can construct a dialogue on some of the important issues related to social and cultural identity in remote fragile eco-systems like these.
We will begin with important study visits to Central Asian Museum of Silk Route Artefacts in Kargil and Unlock Hunderman, a 'Museum of Memories' in a village near the LoC in Kargil. In Henasku, our work will comprise observations in the village and interactions with the people, identifying key narratives, documenting through sketches, photographs & other creative mediums. Our work will culminate into a comprehensive permanent exhibition at the historic 'Lhonpo Khang' building in Henasku that will offer visitors a unique cultural experience and benefit the local community directly.
This project is in continuation to some research we have done already. All internal arrangements ex-Kargil will be managed and provided by us. This is mandatory and includes stay, meals, internal travel & all other costs related to the workshop.
Expenses for Students :- Materials - Rs.2050/-, Food & Stay - Rs. 18500/-, Local Travel - Rs. 5050/-