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Kin Coedel • Dyal Thak

DYAL THAK, which means interconnected, connected or “a common thread” in Tibetan. This series was created on the 2021 Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and the surrounding Tibet Autonomous Region, which is home to various Tibetan nomadic tribes that have lived on this land for hundreds of years.

The collection draws inspiration from Tibet’s unique history, geography and culture. It reflects how revolution, modernization and economic change have affected the traditional way of life of nomadic peoples, and how the region has maintained harmony and optimism amid challenges. Many of the images were created in the village of Ritoma, a close-knit community of artisans, generations of weavers, spinners, wool felters who have been using a natural material – yak – to build a village based industries and protect their traditional way of life and culture, while striving for equal opportunities with the Han Chinese.

While many Eastern countries are finally catching up in terms of economic power, perceptions and prejudices about many Asian cultures still lag behind because of geopolitics. From the extreme romanticization of Japanese culture to the essentialization of South Korea’s soft power influence, we seem to know very little about the thousand-year history of many Eastern societies beyond this.

Tibet, specifically, is of remarkable importance. As an autonomous region of China – the country is seen only by the art/fashion industry as a super consumer, alongside Western society, with its own diverse ethnic population and languages, and the largest reserve of clean water on our planet, but the West is only in This abstraction is only known when human rights issues are in the news.

I wanted to gain a deeper understanding of the lives of people in small towns, provide an insight into the complexity and richness of a marginalized and often overlooked society in the media, and provide traditional western perspective Another option for audiences to connect with the community, refocus on the preservation of traditional crafts and highlight their culture built on respect for nature.

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