KUTHO

andrea alkalay

2019

Myanmar; Cambodia; Laos; Thailand

Along the ancient silk route through Indochina, religious landscapes feel to be seeking for height to reach enlightenment, as Lord Buddha did.

Devotees paste gold leaf to their relics to gain merits (Kutho) towards a better reincarnation. Layers of centuries covering what lies beneath until losing shape. Active history for an everyday ritual.

I'm interested in how an offering affirms the idea of a next life and empowers us by being used as a tool for that purpose.

The series talks about religion associated with power and the relationship between the visible -not visible, cult-occult and the parallels universes.

I use the same leaves as a stamp in my memory of the light reflecting those men who can touch the sacred. A grace that we women are forbidden to access.

Andrea Alkalay

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