MIIS Talk by Photographer Oliver Klink, "Cultures in Transition"
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Middlebury Institute of International Studies presents a free lecture by photographer Oliver Klink on Wednesday, September 11, at 7pm at Irvine Auditorium in the McCone Building on the campus of MIIS. Receptions will be held at 6:30pm and 8pm, before and after the talk.
Oliver Klink built a 15 year photographic project, called Cultures In Transition, based on 5 Asian countries (Bhutan, Myanmar, Mongolia, China, India). In 2001, on his first trip, he was completely in awe of the incredible diversity, both in the environment and the culture of Asia. Countries seemed to be in rapid transition, from agrarian to urban, from antiquated to modern, from a historical relic to a future superpower.
Cultures in Transition aims to show the changes that people go through, the subtleties that make their life evolve, the spiritual guiding light. Klink watched people, started to feel their emotions about change, their worries, their acceptance. He witnessed them falling behind, trying to hold on to their comfort zones, their culture, and their spirituality. Everyone with whom he interacted described transition differently, but one thing that was common was that the typical visual signs of "progress" were the least of their worries. The loss of emotional connection with themselves and their communities was their most significant concern.