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Rae Begley: And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out

A exquisite exploration of Nepal's mountain landscape and its spiritual and environmental significance to its inhabitants.
By Lucy McNabb
October 31, 2017
By Lucy McNabb
October 31, 2017

Next up at COMMUNE is Rae Begley's new solo exhibition And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out. Through a series of exquisite studies of glaciers and landscapes captured at Nepal's Ngozumpa Glacier and Gokyo Lake last year, the show explores the sacred quality of the mountain landscape, its spiritual significance to the local people and its vulnerability in the face of evident environmental decline.

Begley explains that during her visit in 2016 "the breathtaking beauty of the landscape was scarred with the tragedy of human interference and the subsequent impact of climate change". Combining film photographs (all shot handheld with the intention of large-scale, in-person viewing), video, ambient sound and installation works, her exhibition aims to both celebrate the majestic glory of the Himalayas and "evoke a sense of urgency from the viewer" in light of worrying evidence that that the region is experiencing glacial melt.

The show has a short run: you only have from November 2 to 5 to head along. And prospective buyers take note: Begley will donate a percentage of sales to The Ice Stupa Project in support of their work fighting climate change and melting glaciers.

Image: Rae Begley, The End (2016). 

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