CHANGPA

The Changpa or Champa are a semi-nomadic Tibetan people found mainly in the Changtang in Ladakh and in Jammu and Kashmir.

A smaller number lived in the western regions of the Tibetan Autonomous Region, until they were forced to move by China.The Changpa of Ladakh are high altitude pastoralists, raising mainly yaks and goats.

They are semi-nomadic: they usually stay in one place for a few months in a row, near pastures where their sheep, yaks and Pashmina goats can graze. They live in 4,500 meters of altitude, temperatures can get pretty low at that altitude, and it's sometimes even snowing during the summer. During winter is most of the time too cold to work, so the Changpa people work as hard as possible during the few summer months a year. In the winter they take time to relax and celebrate live.

Relocating approximately 8-10 times a year, the Changpa move with their goats and sheep in search of the wetlands of the lake basin in summer and to the lower plains in winter, when temperatures frequently drop below -30.The diet of the Champa people consists of 'barley (tsampa) and the meat of yak and wild horses. Dried cheese and meat boiled with barley flour and seasoned with chilies are also eaten.

Due to a lack of natural resources, families burn cow dung as fuel for heating lit with kerosene. A small metal stove sits as the centrepiece to the robo, its chimney poking out through the open hole in the roof which offers little protection against the elements. The carbon dioxide fumes let off from these stoves combined with a diet lacking in essential nutrients contribute to the poor health often experienced by many nomads.

The main source of income for the Changpa is derived from livestock. Basics such as grain, vegetables and cooking utensils are traded for meat, pashmina wool or milk and butter from goats and sheep which their families can do without.

The Chanpga spend around 5-6 hours a day with the herd, and they are known for having a strong bond with their animals. They bring the herd to high altitudes for grazing every day, after which the males will be separated from the females to be milked. The cashmere wool from the Pashmina goats that is used to create the famous Pashmina shawls, is traded as I said before for main sources. The chief of the community is most of the time an older male, who has experience in crossing the plateau.

Religion

All Champa families profess Tibetan Buddhism as their religion. It 'occupies a central place in their culture. Each tent invariably accommodates the family deity, Donaq, and a picture of their spiritual head, the Dalai Lama

They live in big tent called Rebo which protects changpas from extreme cold environment. Changpas live in rebos alongwith their herds of cattle.

Brightly colored prayer flags adorn the roofs of each Rebo.The military tensions at the India-China border are the latest blow for the Changpa nomads

Their goats are now being pushed out of their grazing lands in the tussle between India and China, causing the death of tens of thousands of kids this season.

Around 85 percent of their new-borns died this year, during the breeding season, because large herds were pushed out into the cold from their grazing lands.


IVORY COAST

"THE SPOTS OF GIRAFFES" COLLECTION MIXED MEDIA | 81X61 cm -PRINT ON PAPER 150 GRAMS -BASE IN WOOD 0,9 cm -BRASS NAILS -WOOL Exposed in Badiani Gallery, Notting Hill - London

350.00 €

RINGS OF LIFE #2

PEOPLE I MET IN THAILAND COLLECTION MIXED MEDIA | 83x60 cm -PRINT ON PAPER -BASE IN WOOD 1 cm -BRASS NAILS -WHITE WIRE Exhibited at "System Art" - Hemcael Gallery Milan, September 2020

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RING FOR LIFE #1

PEOPLE I MET IN THAILAND COLLECTION MIXED MEDIA | 83x60 cm -PRINT ON PAPER -BASE IN WOOD 1 cm -BRASS NAILS -WHITE WIRE Exhibited at "System Art" - Hemcael Gallery Milan, September 2020

715.00 €

RINGS FOR LIFE #3

PEOPLE I MET IN THAILAND COLLECTION MIXED MEDIA | 83x60 cm -PRINT ON PAPER -BASE IN WOOD 1 cm -BRASS NAILS -WHITE WIRE Exhibited at "System Art" - Hemcael Gallery Milan, September 2020

715.00 €

BALANCE OF STONES

PEOPLE I MET IN THAILAND COLLECTION MIXED MEDIA | 89x87 cm -PRINT ON PAPER -BASE IN WOOD 1 cm -BRASS NAILS -WHITE WIRE

880.00 €