An exhibition ‘Tribal expressions’ of photographs by Jaina Mishra will take place 28 November – 1 December 2012 in The Arts House in Singapore. This exhibition will also present antique tribal textiles and pieces of antique jewelry, each of which is a signature expression of tribal identity. The exhibition will be repeated in Montreal in January 2013.
“Tribes express their identity through signature elements of lifestyle that wow the world with their ‘differentness’. Their textile arts, their body arts and their adornments are testimonies of their differentiated identity. But beneath these differences, all humans – urban or tribal – are the same, living life through the same range of emotions and life values” said Jaina Mishra to Jozan Magazine.
Some forty forty portraits and life-scapes of tribes, gypsies, nomads and minority ethnic groups from Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Sikkim, Ladakh, Mewar, Kutch, Karnataka and Goa will be on display at this exhibition. The photographs in this series are created over a period of three years.
“Through my travels, I have had the fantastic fortune of meeting some beautiful tribal people and experiencing their cultures” said Jaina Mishra.
Jaina’s fascination with tribal cultures began a decade ago through tribal art and blossomed into a full-time engagement with vanishing cultures. She is a collector of antique tribal textiles, writes for textile collector forums and shares her extensive tribal travel experiences on her blog. Jaina has also been a frequent writer of articles about tribal Asian textiles published in Jozan Magazine.
Location and more information: 28 November – 1 December 2012, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore,www.wovensouls.com