* This exhibition will be played on screen immediately before and after a film in the Himalaya-Nepal Cinema.
From the hallowed peaks of the Himalayas to the continents across the ocean, we coexist as a people each with our own cultures, religions, and languages. Though eons of years uplifted the Himalayas as the world’s rooftop and split the continents apart, at one time in the beginning, our diverse cultures, languages, letters, and religions must have all been one.
The world continues to live in the 21st century divided into some 200 countries, each with its own (sometimes more than one) culture and race. Many of these countries are developing countries. And the reality is that the people in these 3rd world countries are struggling to live, let alone dream.
Setting aside Africa and other extreme countries where life and death live only a day apart, we would think that the conditions in other 3rd world countries allow for the people there to think beyond what to wear and what to eat today. But reality begs to differ. Statistics show that when the mother in a family is uneducated and cannot teach well, the children in that household have a lower rate of language acquisition.
Here, W talks about the life of women. “W” can also represent the sum total of Woman, With, Without, World, Welfare, and Worker. And though the photo is lacking, I hope that interest in them becomes another incentive for others to share their “Why, Where, and What” in some other method.
Babies are born into the world making the same crying noise. They share the same time, but in different places, becoming adults with different cultures, but with the same expressions. And still in this world, many people are oppressed by their country, culture, and religion, which fails to provide them with even the education that can give them an opportunity to dream.
People are different. But many of them share the same oppressive life that gives them no hope. I pray that there will soon be a time when everyone can at least be given the chance for an education that gives them hope.
On a summer day in 2018. By a traveler. KIM Hyung-wook.