Exhibition entitled “Nanda Devi – memory of the mountain” presenting works of the Polish photographer Martushka Fromeast to be exhibited at the VII Mussoorie Writers Mountain Festival (22-25th October 2015)

Exhibition dates: 22-25 October 2015
Gallery timings: 9 am to 7 pm
Venue: Woodstock School Quad Upper Gallery, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

The exhibition “Nanda Devi – memory of the mountain” curated by Ula Kahul and comprising works by Polish photographer Martushka Fromeast and Mukesh Khugsal will be presented at the VII Mussoorie Writers Mountain Festival. The exhibition which was created in the frame of the project www.StoriesFromHimalayas.com will be officially inaugurated at 4.30 pm on 22 October at the Woodstock School Quad Upper Gallery, Mussoorie. The exhibition presents different cults on Nanda Devi (Bliss-giving Goddess of Uttarakhand), who is believed to be the consort of Lord Shiva.
Polish photographer Martushka Fromeast will also give a talk on 24th October titled ‘Himalayan Stories photographic stories’ at the Parker Hall, Woodstock School.

Artists participating in the exhibition:
Martushka Fromeast is a Polish photographer currently based in New Delhi, India. She is interested in storytelling as a collaborative phenomenon. Her projects are based on the process of interactions. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland, as well as from the Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London. Having worked for several years as a photojournalist, Martushka has covered stories of national identity and economic changes in Poland, Ukraine, Russia and the Turkish part of Kurdistan. In 2004 she founded the Click Academy, an art group that uses photography as a means of social change. Since 2005 she has worked with Romani people in Eastern Europe, visited and documented their settlements as well as run community project, Romani Click, which was a voice in a discourse on the approach to education of Roma and was exhibited internationally in Austrian Parliament in Vienna and in 2nd Roma Pavilion in Venice International Arts Biennale. Currently she is working on long term project called ‘Stories from Himalayas’.

Mukesh Khugsal has a passion and deep knowledge of Uttarakhandi Himalayan culture and tradition. He was the head of photography in ‘Rajula’, the first full time movie set in Uttarakhand Himalayas which got to mainstream cinemas across India as well as Head of Production of movie on culture from the hills, ‘Aas’, awarded with Best Audience Choice Award during Delhi International Film Festival 2013.

The Mussoorie Writers Mountain Festival is dedicated to Himalayan culture, natural history and exploration. The main theme of this year’s edition of the festival is ‘Women and Mountains’. Amongst speakers are eminent activists, mountaineers and writers including: Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner Bernadette McDonald, Silvo Karo, Amrita Tripathi and Paro Anand.
Preregistration is required to attend the festival.

To learn more on the festival, its programme and to register, please visit: http://mwmountainfestival.com/