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Sacred Geography: Tibet and Himalaya Photographs

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 9:00 am to 10:00 pm

Skybridge Art Space, Eugene Lang College 65 West 11th Street, New York, NY 10011

David Zurick's Sacred Geography exhibition draws from his decades of experience as a geographer, photographer, and explorer of the Himalaya, with 20 large black and white photographs of divine places undergoing change.

The images featured in this exhibition are drawn from his new book Land of Pure Vision, and cover the full geographical reach of Tibet and the Himalaya. It features many iconic natural places, such as the Source of the Ganges and sacred Mount Kailash, as well as numerous cultural sites including pilgrimage routes and famed sacred architectures. A visual evocation of holy places, the Sacred Geography exhibition portrays a world of mystery, magic, and beauty, where the human spirit is in synchronicity with natural forces while it also addresses the inevitability of landscape change. Modern intrusions threaten the visual character of some sacred sites, but such transformations do not necessarily imperil their cultural role, suggesting that change and dissolution - hallmarks of local religious belief - may apply equally to the human consciousness and to the landscape.

Zurick is an award-winning photographer and currently the Foundation Professor of Geography at Eastern Kentucky University. The exhibition is accompanied with a talk, Land of Pure Vision: The Sacred Geography of Tibet and the Himalaya, on April 11.

Sponsored by the India China Institute (ICI) at The New School, Eugene Lang College, and The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.

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