In September, the continuing work of Praveen Chaudhry, Social Sciences, was on view in an exhibition titled Vanishing Community, Vanishing Cultures: The Invisible Nomads and Weavers at Centro Morelense de las Artes in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. Kyunghee Pyun, History of Art, curated the exhibition and is the official curator of the ongoing project. Chaudhry has been working with ethnographer Souzeina Mushtaq to document the issues of nomads and weavers in Kashmir and Tibet for more than a decade, and they recently started working with the Yörük community in the Taurus Mountains in Turkey.
Their ongoing visual ethnographic research details the impact of migration and globalization on these nomadic communities and documents their daily lives. It also puts a face to these invisible communities and their vanishing cultures.
Before the opening in Mexico, Chaudhry and Mushtaq gave a talk about the subject, which was a part of the museum’s broader theme of “Unexplored Territories and Visual Ethnography.”
Vanishing Community, Vanishing Cultures will be on view at FIT in the Gladys Marcus Library February 3 through March 31, 2020. The exhibition will then travel to Istanbul Technical University in Turkey in April.