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Abode of the Gods I, 2016

From the series And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out, a study of the Ngozumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in the Himalayas in the Khumbu region of Nepal - an exploration of its decline within the sacred mountain landscapes.

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120mm Film Photograph

Pigment print on Hahnemuhle photo rag pearl paper. Imperfections and grain may appear in varying degrees depending on print size and are intentional.

73.1 x 59.4cm (M) Edition of 8 + 2AP
104.6 x 83.6cm (L) Edition of 8 + 2AP

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And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out is a study of a glacier in the Khumbu region of Nepal and an exploration of its decline within the sacred mountain landscapes.

Set below the sixth highest mountain in the world Cho Oyu, the Ngozumpa Glacier is the longest glacier in the Himalayas. Glacial melt was once slow, the movement of the ice measured in many years, often centuries.

In recent decades, the Nepali Himalayas are warming significantly and the Ngozumpa Glacier is showing signs of shrinking, thinning and the ice is rapidly melting; it’s as if time is literally flowing away.

In the Himalayas, it is believed by the local people that gods reside on mountaintops to distance themselves from the filth of human life. Sherpas have been known to link the decline of mountain glaciers to gods or deities.

Human interference in the motherland of Nepal is unleashing the fury of the mountain gods.

The glacial melt of Ngozumpa (‘water source’) may be interpreted by the Sherpa people as a moral reprimand by the gods due to the departure from their traditional lifestyle to new lifestyles that generate physical and spiritual pollution.

The works hold space as majestic reminders that the earth is a living planet of complex beauty under threat. The fragility of the soaring landscape has been preserved as it was photographed and is now historical documentation in the timeline of climate change.

The work included video, installation and an ambient score made in collaboration with Erik Omen. The namesake is from the seminal album by Yo La Tengo, originally an extract from a poem by Sun Ra.

Rae Begley

The artist acknowledges the Bidjigal and Gadigal custodians of the lands and waters where she lives and works. She recognises that sovereignty was never ceded and pays her respects to Elders past and present.

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