"What have we achieved in mowing down mountain ranges, harnessing the energy of mighty rivers, or moving whole populations about like chess pieces, if we ourselves remain the same restless, miserable, frustrated creatures we were before? To call such activity progress is utter delusion..."
- Henry Miller
I am currently working on and editing a project (that was undertaken and in process of continuation) in december 2011 on the island of Palawan, in the southern Philippines.
The story shares the time I spent with Indigenous communities of the highlands of southern Palawan and the issue of mining that is threatening and dividing local indigenous groups.
Not only do mining operations have a huge environmental and social impact on this unique island; an internationally officially declared UNESCO MAB Biosphere but also ignore the needs, insights and basic human rights of people that have been living and surviving on the land for thousands of years.
My choice of using transfers on to cotton rag paper for a series of portraits of which a few are placed below is to demonstrate in a conceptual medium the fragility of the indigenous people of Palawan and a culture that is in real danger of vanishing.
“Palawan is a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve but the national government is violating the condition for which such prestigious award was granted. Not only MacroAsia operations, but also those of other mining companies in Palawan are contravening the provisions contained in well-know conventions ratified by the Philippine Government: the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.” Dr. Dario Novellino, UKC/CBCD
भारत Bharat (India)
"If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India."
I am currently working on and editing a project that was undertaken in January- February 2012 in various parts of भारत गणराज्य Bharat Gaṇarajya The Republic of India...