Mandalas - AMBERMART 2017

Mandalas – AMBERMART 2017

Individual Photo Exhibition – Mandalas

Ambermart is the International Amber Fair,

August 31 – September 2, 2017, Gdańsk, AMBEREXPO

Still at the exhibition “Parallel Reality” I was invited by Ewa Ewa Rachon to present selected photos from Nepal.

several selected photos from the exhibition:

The exhibition presents photographs of mandals that were encountered during the walking tour in the Buddhist part of Nepal in the vicinity
of Tibet, as well as a photoreport from Tihar – the Festival of Light
observed in Pokhara and Kathmandu.
The exhibition shows different scenes from everyday life in Nepal during this colorful festival.
Tihar is one of the most important festivals in Nepali calendar. Celebration lasts five days starting from the thirteenth day of the waning moon in the month (called Kau lā).
The first day of the festival is called Kag Tihar or Kag Puja and is dedicated to the raven (kag) – the messenger of Death.
The second day is called Kukur Tihar or Kukur Puja and is dedicated to the dog. Two four-eyed dogs belong to Jama and guard the gate of his kingdom. The dog is also a destrier of a fear-inspiring Bhajrawa.
The third day, called Laxmi Puja, is the most important day of the festival. Cows are worshiped in the morning like dogs one day earlier. That day they receive the tika sign, they are garlanded and fed. The cow, like Laxmi goddess, is associated with wealth in Nepal and above all it is a holy animal for the Hindu.
A special place is prepared in front of the house. It is usually cleaned with a slurry mixed with red clay. This mixture that creates something in a round shape that sometimes leads the way home. A small altar is built on that, oil lamps and candles are lit and beautiful, colorful patterns of flowers and incense are scattered. You can also see rice, bananas and other food sacrificed on these mini altars. From this place there is an oil lamp path that leads to the most important room in the house where the most valuable things are kept (puja’s room). It is said that every Nepalese has a box kept in the house for generations and he or she puts some money inside every year and sacrifices it to the goddess. This money is never used unless there is an emergency.
Th photos were taken in October 2016, the visit was a part of a research project entitled ‘Futurology in design practice’ realized at the Faculty of Interior Architecture and Design. The project partner is Kathmandu University School of Arts Center for Art and Design.
One part of the pictures presenting mandalas was published in the Trend Book 2017, a monograph co-authored by Dr. Marta Flisykowska.
* information about the Tihar festival I got from my own experiences and interviews, however, this is described in the best way on the LIBERTAS magazine