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Photographic and Cultural Exploration on Individualism, Collectivism & Non-duality

November 21, 2019

7:00 pm

Photographic exploration and conversation by cultural- conservation photographer Sej Saraiya

As the West slowly drifts toward neo-individualism, cultural-conservation photographer Sej Saraiya makes an elemental journey through remote Asia to experience that beyond the dichotomy of the I and the We: Advaita or non duality.

“Having been born in India, I was raised in a culture where community and accountability are placed over freedom and individual growth—cornerstones in individualistic cultures like that of the West. After spending a decade in the West, I returned to the spiritually charged East to witness a persistent awareness of unity ingrained in daily rituals, the common thread being the spirit of renunciation, simplicity, and tathātā (the inexpressible totality of this moment). I spent time in the remote corners of Northeast India, where the elders still worship the sun and the moon; stayed with the last remaining headhunters; visited deep in the heart of the San José del Pacífico, where the Mazatec curanderos still journey beyond earth with their young sons and daughters; and met with the Tana Torajans, who still bring their dead back to life in the triennial ritual of Ma’nene; while capturing portraits of remote cultures. This conversation reflects on the dissolving identities that I glimpsed along the way and on the force that can be generated if the action and activism of the West came together with the introspection and self-observation of the East.”

Free for all. Limited seating. RSVP recommended.

Event Location

Pacific Asia Museum, North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, CA, USA

Event Fees


Free

Age


All Ages

Genre


Arts