Special exhibition of art and traditional Indian tribal artifacts Rathva, Rabari (Gujarat, Rajasthan); Toda (Tamil Nadu).
By Roberta Ceolin with the participation of Stephen Beggiora and Laura Tenti.
The term adivasis, or 'aboriginal' - those who lived in the Indian subcontinent outset - means today tribal ethnic minorities of India. It is a kaleidoscope of cultures, languages, traditions that have gone through the history of this marvelous and millennial country, but which very often have been unfairly relegated to the margins of society. Moreover, the Indian government defines the Scheduled Tribes, depending not only on the characteristics of a distinctive religion and culture, but also as a result of the general conditions of backwardness and relative geographic isolation. Are those communities that still live in the depths of the Indian jungle and remote Himalayan valleys, thanks to sheep and farming techniques for certain archaic ways, so that between them include the latest and nomadic groups of hunters and gatherers. According to the Census of India 2011, the last major of the nation's census operation, this would represent the community well for 8.6% of the total population, and over one hundred million people, divided into more than six hundred tribes, with countless local subgroups . In contemporary times the adivasis have adopted diversified adaptation processes compared to modernity, particularly those residing close to urban or suburban areas. But the peculiar traits of art, folklore, local handicrafts are now coalescing around these communities a proud sense of identity that is resistant to the most global trends toward approval. What is called 'indigenous knowledge of the forest' and shamanism still is found among many groups, reveal the flavor of an ancient world, the oral traditions passed down from generation to generation, lived through a fragile life, in constant with nature and the surrounding area. This culture is now considered a World Heritage Site. As technically not quite all the tribal communities can be considered as originating in the Subcontinent tout court, by virtue of ancient or recent migrations or because their origin is lost in the past of Indian history, the term adivasi embodies the concept of indigenous as well as today the pride of a distinctive identity the exhibition thus offers a journey with three of these ethnic groups, placed almost at the antipodes of India (Rathva and Rabari of Gujarat and Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu Toda) through photographs, paintings, different expressions of art adivasis from the rich collection of Roberta Ceolin. The images, truly lived moments of magic, stop the time of this extraordinary world. And through their suggestions seem to tell what is not said, showing even what at first sight appears not visible.
During the exhibition, two meetings are planned:
- Thursday, September 15 at 17:30: at the Vernissage: The creation myths of Rathva tribes and Rabari with Roberta and introduction of Stefano Ceolin Beggiora
- Thursday, September 22 at 17:00: Myth, archeology and fascination: the material and immaterial culture of Toda with Laura Tenti
The vernissage will be held Thursday, September 15 at 17:30 at the Tesa 1 to CFZ Cultural Flow Zone, rafts at Pontelungo, Dorsoduro 1392 Venice
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