Anthropologists to display photographs from Nepal
December 6, 2007
"Atma Katha,” an exhibit of photographs by Dr. Steve Folmar, lecturer in anthropology at Wake Forest University, and Brian Perry, a Wake Forest graduate, will be on display in downtown Winston-Salem Dec. 7 at the Studio 2 at Soho Alley (205 W. 6th St.) during the Gallery Hop from 7 – 10 p.m.
"Atma Katha” means “my story” in the Nepali language. The exhibit tells the story of the people in the village of Jharuwarasi, located in Nepal’s Katmandu Valley.
Folmar has conducted field research in Nepal since 1979. For the past five years, he has taken Wake Forest anthropology students to the village of Jharuwarasi for a five-week summer study course. The photographs were taken by Folmar and Perry during the trips. The students have stayed with host families there and studied issues related to the caste system and how it is affected by tourism.
The photographs will be incorporated in a book of the same title, which will present photographs and stories of 52 individuals, each representing one of the 52 households in Jharuwarasi.
Folmar and Perry will make presentations at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Several area students from Nepal will dress in Nepali costume and serve traditional Nepali food.
Proceeds from the exhibit and the book, scheduled for publication in fall 2008, will go to a non-profit organization in the village of Jharuwarasi.
Wake Forest students from the 2007 summer program in Nepal will attend the exhibit and be available for comment.
Folmer will be available at Studio 2 at Soho Gallery beginning at 1 p.m. Dec. 7. Contact the News Service to arrange an interview.