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Mix Tape from Kathmandu, Nepal

15 February 2010, Kathmandu, Nepal –

The following few photos are a sample of my first month in Nepal. The rate of festivals in Nepal, political, religious, public and private  events is somewhat overwhelming for the senses. This is a random selection of a few moments scattered throughout the month, from Hindu’s Shivaratri to Lhosar, the Lunar New Year celebrations held by the large Tibetan diaspora in Nepal a few days ago via  to Buffalo preparation that amazed me during my first week here. Features ‘Trash Town‘ and ‘Water Valley‘, are longer term endeavours on the challenges Nepal is facing on security, governance and environmental levels.

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Sadhu on Shivaratri

Boudha, KTM, Nepal on Lunar New Year Day

Patan Durbar Square

Preparing Buffalo meet

Friends at Sundhara Tole

Sundhara Tea House

Trash Town

Water Valley

Water Valley

Kids at Mahabudha, Patan, Nepal

Rooftop View

Wedding Season in Nepal

Wedding Season in Nepal

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Here and There

Lille, France

Today opens at Science Po Lille (Institut d’Études Politiques de Lille) an exhibition that I have been working on for a few months and which will expand and develop over the next three years, via the INFOCON-Project, steered by the Internationalist Foundation

“Here and There” is seeking a better understanding of the relationship between diaspora communities and their home counties sometimes affected by conflicts or tensions, internal or external. This exhibit is part of the first of three conference cycles  organized via the INFOCON project in order to better disseminate the findings and trends the research has so far laid out. The is therefore the debut of an exploration, a project very close to the people, their emotions and sometimes their sensitivities. It  promises to bring great photographic result, maybe with only subtle visual impact, but most importantly with deep, personal perspectives on human beings, their experiences and their evolution moving across borders in our ever more integrated world. I have thus explored various Diasporas in London and abroad and will continue to work with them in the next two years along with the academic research being carried on.  With the help of close friends in London, I have been able to get in touch with Rwandas, Iraqis, Kurds, Moldovan and,  with the help of my great friend and colleague Renaud Philippe from Stigmat Photo, with various actors of the Tibetan community in London and India.

As this is an evolving project you are very much encouraged to leave comments and suggestions hereafter.

* The exhibit will be on display at Science Po Lille until May the 14th, the conference taking place on the 6th and 7th.

Ambassador Gatete of Rwanda in his London office

Ambassador Gatete of Rwanda in his London office, in front of Rwandan President Paul Kagame's portrait

Ambassador Gatete of Rwanda in his London office

Ambassador Gatete of Rwanda in his London office

15 years on - Commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide, London

15 years on - Commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide, London

Prayer and sermon at the Commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide, London

Prayer and sermon at the Commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide, London

Commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide, London

Commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide, London

نوروز (Nowrūz) celebration, display of Abdullah Öcalan portrait, London

نوروز (Nowrūz) celebration, display of Abdullah Öcalan portrait, London

نوروز (Nowrūz) celebration, Mr. Omed Ali, a Kurd from Irak celebrating at Trafalgar Square, London

نوروز (Nowrūz) celebration, Mr. Omed Ali, a Kurd from Iraq celebrating at Trafalgar Square, London

Oula Kadhum has been living in the UK since the 1st Gulf War and returned to Iraq for the first time in 19 years last April (09)

Oula Kadhum has been living in the UK since the 1st Gulf War and returned to Iraq for the first time in 19 years last April (09). She is now a post-grad student at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) London and her research focuses on the impact of the 2003 Iraqi occupation on womens rights

Members of the Moldovan Diaspora in London against the communist party running for election in Moldova

Members of the Moldovan Diaspora in London against the communist party running for election in Moldova

Dechen Pemba. UK born Tibetan was deported from China after living there for two years for dubious reasons

Dechen Pemba. UK born Tibetan was deported from China for dubious reasons, only a few weeks before the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She had been living in China for two years, learning Mandarin.

Tenzin Tsundue Tibetan political activist and poet, born in Indian and very active for the Tibetan both in Tibet and on the international scene

Tenzin Tsundue Tibetan political activist and poet, born in Indian and very active for the Tibetan both in Tibet and on the international scene

 Paldem Gyatso is a Buddhist monk who was jailed for 33 years in China. He now tells his story in conferences around the world displaying some of the torture material he stole from jail

Paldem Gyatso is a Buddhist monk who was jailed for 33 years in China. He now tells his story in conferences around the world displaying some of the torture material he stole from jail

Lhasang Tsering one of the first Tibetan refugee to migrate to India, at the age of 7

Lhasang Tsering one of the first Tibetan refugee to migrate to India, at the age of 7

Special meeting of the Tibetan Diaspora in Dharamsala, India, initiated by the Dalaï-Lama, but from which he was voluntarily absent

Special meeting of the Tibetan Diaspora in Dharamsala, India, initiated by the Dalaï-Lama, but from which he was voluntarily absent

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Retro on Rwanda

Commissioned by the Internationalist Foundation (IF), with whom I started to work since the debut in 2006, I am now working on a 3 year project to explore the relationship between Diasporas and Conflicts.  IF’s INFOCON project, “aims to promote a better understanding of how Civil Society Organizations representing Transnational Communities can work on preventing and resolving conflicts in Europe and worldwide.” The Project is financed by the EU and steered by the Internationalist Foundation and and involves several research institutes and CSOs from Belgium, the UK, Canada, Germany, France and the Netherlands. The selected regions of origin are to be studies are Turkey, Kosovo and the Great Lakes region in Africa.

Producing a visual documentary along the research lines as so far proved to be a fascinating and a delicate experience. As a platform, London has been fruitful to explore various angles of this project. Nooruz (Persian New Year) was celebrated a few weeks ago in Trafalgar Square. While not the main purpose of the festivities, the social gathering nevertheless reunited Kurds from many Iraq, Turkey, Iran and Syria.

Also,  Tuesday the 7th of April will mark 15th year since the Genocide took place in Rwanda. While remaining an understandably highly sensitive issue, a few events will take place in London and elsewhere to commemorate the atrocious anniversary. Survivors Fund (SURF) and Hope Survivors Foundation in collaboration with Amnesty International UK recently held an event for the 15th Anniversary commemoration of the Rwandan genocide. I have also been invited to attend an event organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda on Tuesday to further the work on this aspect of the project.

This is therefore an ongoing photographic project which will cover a larger spectrum and greater number of diasporic communities and actors.

H.E. Claver Gatete Ambassador of Rwanda to the UK, Ireland and the Nordic Countries

H.E. Claver Gatete Ambassador of Rwanda to the UK, Ireland and the Nordic Countries

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