DESIGN CULTURE TRAVEL
Farside Collective is a creative agency working in the crossroads of Art & Design.
Between desperate pessimism and satisfied optimism, the only reasonable attitude is voluntarism.
WHO ARE WE?
We are passengers, crossing this kind wide world; one day at a time.
Sitting outside after another dinner cooked in the dark, the song is playing. We are humming its two-sentence lyrics almost unknowingly, contemplating the star clouds in the clear sky where the sun was dazzling all day.
We are in Padum, Zanskar; a place where one understands what ‘remote’ means. The road to Padum is one of the most impressive and dangerous on earth; the horizon narrows itself down to open up again without warning, one feels trapped among the mysterious peaks until reaching the wide open valley where Padum sits.
Time goes by slowly here. Looking up at the sky, it really feels that going any further than this would literally mean the moon.
Farside is where we live, travel and work, venturing into the unexplored, not only physically hard to reach, but places whose potential is hidden, forgotten, awaiting for cultural activation.
It is an expression of ideas we love and care about. We are nomads, living & working different seasons in different places; constantly traveling and seeking new experiences as life moves ahead. We are intrigued by history & heritage, beautiful landscapes, literature, contemporary art and visual content.
Along our journey, we are collecting memories in form of drawings, photographs or writing, often initiating projects as we contemplate riding our motorcycle. We have exhibited our works in Delhi, Leh, Kargil, Sikkim and Prague, Czech Republic over last 5 years.
Along with our travels we are involved with offering short term educational courses, artist residencies, natural building workshops, furniture design to name a few; involving artists, designers, architects and people from varied backgrounds.
Every year we offer travel based programs in Ladakh, Himachal, Sikkim, North East India and in Europe in different seasons. Please get in touch to join us in our programs.
NEWS & EVENTS
A self published independent bi-annual zine by Farside collective.
Photo-story of the Sindhi Community: Ansh Vohra
Believed to be the original inhabitants of the Indus Valley civilization, the Sindhi Community is one of the few in the world that has traditionally been known to follow two religions simultaneously. But a meteoric rise in communal violence post partition forced them to pledge allegiance to one side or the other.
Refer the Issue #1 Conflict 2017 for further reading.
Living with History, Gujarat Riots 2002: Jagrut Raval
The Gujarat riots is one of the most photographed event in the beginning of the 21st century. The story is a collection of original newspaper cuttings from 2002 collected by Jagrut as a young boy living in Ahmedabad. The photo story is an attempt to look at history and how do we live with it.
Refer the Issue #1 Conflict 2017 for further reading.
Debasish is born & brought up in a small sleepy town of Arunachal Pradesh, before he migrated to live in Maharashtra & Gujarat for studies. After completing his master's degree in Architecture, he choose to work in areas of heritage, cultures & history. He co-founded a non profit NGO, Roots Collective in Ladakh.
His multi-disciplinary work moves around areas of art & design, inspired from context driven local methods and processes; manifesting in forms of visual and experiential narratives. He believes in the power of history to impact societies and seeks inspiration from it for applications in contemporary art and design. He co-founded Farside Collective with Helene in 2016. His primarily work in Farside is operations.
He loves history, mountains, Jazz, cats & literature. He divides his time between Ladakh & home in Assam.
Helene grew up in the Rennes, Brittany region of North western France, admiring the sea. She came to India to study transcultural design in 2012. Since last 5 years, she has lived in Gujarat, Delhi. Karnataka & Ladakh. She is behind the formation of Roots Collective with Debasish & Muzammil.
She co-founded Farside Collective and is the Creative head. Her interests varies from Graphic & furniture design and building with natural materials.
When not listening to Bob Dylan she loves to swim, drolls over printed cotton fabrics and draw. She dives her time between Ladakh & France.
He is an Artist, Designer, Educator. His interdisciplinary art practice spans diverse mediums in various scales manifesting in Installation, Photography and Video art. His interest lies in homogeneity of various media that allows experimentation with imagery and its spatial relationship. His oeuvre broadly deals with philosophical concepts of Time, History and Belonging within both personal and public contexts. He graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, USA, and a Bachelor of Design in Interior Architecture from CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India.
His works have been exhibited in United States, China, Egypt, Romania and Bulgaria. He was the inaugural recipient of the Crystal Ruth Bell Residency Award supported by China Residencies and Red Gate Artists' Residency in Beijing, China. Currently he lives and works from his home base in Ahmedabad, India.
Muzammil is a native of Kargil, Ladakh. He met Debasish in 2014 before starting Roots Collective with him & Helene. He has lived in Pune & Delhi before returning to Ladakh to start a travel based start up for experience based tourism. He also manages the Central Asian Museum in Kargil.
He is into trekking and is a very good resource for walking and hiking in Ladakh. If you visit Kargil, don't miss the little charming cafe he runs there. He is our primary local support team in Ladakh.
Subhasish Borah is an Urbanist by education and holds a Master's degree in Urban Planning from CEPT University, Ahmedabad. Currently, he coordinates the B. Urban Design program at CEPT. His interest lies in understanding the human behavior and the qualities of built-environment. He has recently started an initiative; 'Interactive City; People & Experiences' as a step towards radical increment in the realm of Tactical Urbanism.
GET IN TOUCH
Please drop an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to say hi !
or call at +91-9435157821 (India) +33-769121008 (France)
We are on the road most of the times, either up in the cold Himalayas or in the misty tropical forests of North East India. We might not get back to you promptly. Please don't send emails for jobs; we don't hire, having said that we are always available for fruitful collaborations.
If you have a project in mind in areas of art, design, culture or travel in the places we work across Himalayas from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh, please write to us. Depending on project situations we sometimes call people for internships/volunteering opportunities.
Please visit us in our studio at Leh at Upper Karzoo, a small quite village just 15 mins walk from Leh Bazar.
You can join us in the travel programs we offer in the Himalayas from time to time. Please write to us if you want us to plan your travels; we will be very happy to take you to exciting places in groups or individuals. Please write to us about your interest and places you want to visit and we will get to work.
We are not a regular travel agency and are personally involved with every initiative. We will offer you travel programs in places we know by back of our hands and we diligently plan things till the last detail for a fruitful travel experience.