This conversation between The Confluence Collective from Sikkim and the Darjeeling Hills in India and Thuma Collective from Myanmar will discuss each of their work, and explore possibilities of collective thinking, making and being, and challenges and strengths of shared authorship.
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The Confluence Collective is a collaboration of photographers and research scholars from Sikkim and the Darjeeling Hills, India. Their objective is to bridge the gap that exists in the discourse of the region—its uniqueness and identity – through the medium of visual storytelling. Through close engagements with the local community, they work towards keeping their tradition and essence of storytelling alive. Afterall ‘guff’ lies in the heart of the Pahari way of life, and is also a rich repository of history, culture, tradition and collective existence. The collectives hopes to build a strong creative and collaborative platform fostering a culture of knowledge production and sharing from the margins. Their members include Ashwin Sharma, Brihat Rai, Dipti Tamang, Kunga Tashi, Mridu Rai, Praveen Chettri and Shivam Darnal.
Thuma Collective is a group of female photographers from Myanmar who are dedicated to visual storytelling. “Thuma” means “She” in the Myanmar language. The collective was initiated in 2017, with the mission of promoting the practice of visual storytelling and amplifying voices through the eyes of women, and inspiring and encouraging women who are interested in photography to use it as a language to tell stories and engage with their world. Thuma’s works have been exhibited in local and international art scenes. To name a few are their collective exhibitions; “Us & Beyond” and “Disclosure” at Myanmar Deitta gallery and Pursuing Arts in Research Festival in Yangon. Their collaborative art project “Bridging the Naf” with Bangladeshi women photographers collective “Kaali Collective” was also featured at Dhaka Art Summit 2020. Thuma has published three collective photo-books; Us & Beyond (2018), Bridging the Naf (2019) and Knots (2020). Thuma’s members are Khin Kyi Htet, Rita Khin, Shwe Wutt Hmon, Tin Htet Paing, Wai Hnin Tun and Yu Yu Myint Than.