Historical and Philosophical studies > Buddhism
Creative Arts and Design > Photography]
The Buchen are specialist religious performers from Spiti, a culturally Tibetan valley in North India. They are widely known for performing an elaborate exorcism ritual that culminates in a slab of stone, marked with images of demons, being smashed on a man’s belly. In winter groups of Buchen perform their religious theatre, a localised form of Ache Lhamo, the Tibetan Opera.
Patrick Sutherland has been photographing in Spiti for over a decade and working with the Buchen for several years. This exhibition results from him returning his own and other historical photographs to Spiti, in order to involve the Buchen themselves in the process of producing a documentation of their theatre, rituals and social role.
|Type of Research:||Show/Exhibition|
|Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed:||Tibet, Buddhism, visual Anthropology, documentary photography|
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > London College of Communication|
Research Centres/Networks > Photography & the Archive Research Centre (PARC)
|Copyright Holders:||All photographs © Patrick Sutherland|
|Funders:||University of Oxford, Arts and Humanities Research Council|
|Projects or Series:||Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011), Photographing the Spiti|
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|Material/Media:||Framed Black and White and Colour Digitally printed photographs, with audio recordings|
|Deposited By:||Prerna Bhatt|
|Deposited On:||02 Nov 2011 14:57|
|Last Modified:||23 May 2013 16:08|