Exhibition: The Road Chronicles


October 11, 2015 - October 15, 2015    
11:00 am - 8:00 pm


Event Type

road chronicles

Exhibition: The Road Chronicles

This project tells a human story of the Hindustan-Tibet Road and the Manali-Leh Highway. It is envisaged as an alternative travelogue – that tells the stories of the 90,000 or so seasonal labourers who travel every year to build roads in the upper reaches of the Himalayas for India’s Border Roads Organization (BRO). Their life stories; seasonal journeys; meanings given to their temporary homes in the border areas; the dangers and perils they face; the attempts to create a sense of the community in an alien landscape; lifestyles and cultural idioms carried over (and back) from their villages; the lives of the children who travel each year with their parents, the recipes of the meals cooked……all of this and more forms the content of the travelogue.

Anu Sabhlok teaches in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at IISER Mohali. She earned her B.Arch from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi; her MS(Architecture) and PhD in Geography and Women’s Studies  from the Pennsylvania State University. Her interests include gender and national identity, labour migration and urban studies. She has been documenting the journeys of migrant labourers and some of these stories are available on her blog: www.migrantlabourers.wordpress.com

Kausiki Sarma  is a photographer and researcher, based in New Delhi. She has been working on topics of armed conflict and its impact on women in the north east of India and Kashmir, migration, informal labour sector and education. Some of her work has been published in the form of reports and she has held a few solo photography exhibitions across India and Berlin, Germany. She can be reached at [email protected] .

Jitesh Malik is an artist and an architect. He trained as an architect at the Chandigarh College of Architecture and subsequently moved to a Master in Fine Arts at Pennsylvania State University.  Jitesh’s architectural and art works seek to create experiences that have the power to re-connect us with nature, with ourselves and with our communities. His artwork includes artist books, mixed-media installations and performative videos. He has exhibited in India, Germany and the US.  His works can be seen on his website: www.studioaureole.in

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