In Kohima Nagaland India, Artefacting resident artist Fabrice Bourgelle led a three-day workshop with local photographers Pebu Belho and Vikhor Tepa to create photographic series that explored the project concept of connect, influence and express.
By Vikhor Tepa
Naga culture and its diversity has survived in many different ways through the ages. The advent of Christianity brought about several influences and changes, fashion being one that’s overtly expressed with confidence.
Beneath the garments and hairstyles however is a different story. These photographs tell the stories of young Nagas today, ‘dressed’ in major western cultural influences. In a way it appears they do it with ease as though it’s their true culture but underlining the fabric is a person that is still very Naga. The irony however is that many youth know their culture only as little as they know about the west. This photo series in a way tries to question identity and the influence of global culture.
“KOHIMA AT WORK”
BY Pebu Belho
The workforce in the streets of Kohima consists of locals as well as non-locals. While womenfolk trade their farming products, most of the products are managed and transported by the non locals coming, from the neighboring states, and sometimes even further a field. The skill of cobblers can be found in our corners, while paan is a staple of our town and is found in everywhere of Kohima. Water is transported up and down and at night the streets are still active with