We are 100% funded. Thank you! Update #8 describes why the pledges should continue coming in ...******* The STORY *******
Tibet, last scream! Is a 208 pages perfect-bound soft cover volume including a diary by Éric Meyer and 40 B&W photographs by Laurent Zylberman about their unuasual trip to Tibet.
The money raised will be used to print 3000 copies, translations of Éric's French text into English and Spanish, and to cover layout and distribution costs.
Narrated day by day, both text and photographs immerse the reader into a journey through the roof top of the world and open up a window onto modern Tibet: not what it used to be but what it is or could become.
In 2008, Laurent and Éric have been the only free-lance pressmen allowed into Tibet to report on the autonomous region since the March 2008 riots. They both endeavored to subtly depict two confronting, if not clashing cultures.
As soon as they arrived in Lhasa by fast train from Beijing they had to either use a bit of cunning to get a few snapshots and a few secrets on the sly at night or to follow obediently the route they had been granted by authorities thus conveying a double approach, the last one not being the least interesting.
The feeling one gets from Laurent’s pictures is one of extreme surveillance: policemen and army patrolling all over town as well as crowds of Han immigrants pouring into the region like new frontier settlers, all seeking their fortune but also inflating demography.
But flicking through, another view of things is conjured up. This country is going through drastic and brutal economical changes shaking up ancient ways of life as well as the fragile ecological balance of that, until now, nomadic high plateau.
Irrigation canals, roads, power plants, mines, airports as well as schools, universities, hospitals; all show that China has been massively investing to turn Tibet into a modern and profitable country. Downtown shops are crammed with "made in China" wear, stores are run by battalions of saleswomen in uniform and night clubs draw crowds of Tibetan teenagers in search of western music.
All this is revealing the authorities' strong will to win people over by betting on massive import of staple and even to become slightly tolerant towards religious practices and the teaching of Tibetan culture.
Laurent's black and white photographs have great symbolic strength because they intertwine - often in one single shot - all the clashes between two value systems supported by two communities who have never been able to understand each other, who live in mistrust and often despise each other.
These unexpected and sometimes funny encounters can be time colliding and manage to bring about the frictions between these two cultures - one being utterly materialistic, aggressively orientated to technical efficiency and seeking new wealth, the other one essentially spiritualistic, remaining true to a notion of Man dwelling within a cyclic time and immutable cosmogony.
We need YOU to fund this project before December 10th.
With your help this book about Tibet will hit the bookstores all over. Even a dollar will mean a lot to us. (Note: It will be charged to your account if we reach our goal on time, otherwise your card won´t be debited).
***** See the e-book (french version) *****
***** Exhibitions, Conférences, Publications, Private collections *****
A photo from this publication was selected for the exhibition “Tibet: memories of a lost homeland” inaugurated at the Museum Memory and Tolerance in Mexico D.F. in September 2011 in the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatzo and Richard Gere.
Other exhibitions at:
Galerie Rita Castellote. Madrid. Spain / Sept. - Nov. 2010
MadridFoto . Madrid. Spain / May 2010
Festival SCOOP d'Angers. France / Nov. 2009
Conference at Centre Culturel Français . Beijing. China / Sept. 2009
Festival Chroniques Nomades. Honfleur. France / May 2009
PICTO. Paris. France / July - Sept. 2009
******* Some of the photographs *******
Repetition of the Popular Liberation Army (APL) military parade in front of the Potala Palace, celebrating the National day of liberation (Communist liberation of China, October 1949). 30/09/2008. Lhasa, Xizang Tibet, China.
Guard caps on the brand-new train Pekin-Lhasa. 22/09/2008. Naqu, Xizang Tibet, China.
Prayer flags on power lines from the hydroelectric project at the sacred lake Yamdrok-Tso. 03/10/2008. Xizang Tíbet, China.
Pilgrims circumbalating around the Jokhang Palace in the Tibetan part of Lhasa. 27/09/2008. Lhasa, Xizang Tibet, China.
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