I have become a queer mixture of the East and the West; Out of place everywhere, at home nowhere.
What is culture?
Culture is a basic need, we believe. Our lives, society, food, clothes and the houses we live in are reflection of the cultures we grew up and live with.
We have been traveling a lot in India and Europe and as designers respond to the experiences we have. We have initiated project based on our experiences and have been fortunate enough to pursue them. We are working in a small village called Hundarman in Kargil and created a small community run museum; we have traveled to Sikkim to understand the Lepcha people and initiated a project dealing with old fashion.
UNTITLED, PUBLIC ART
PROJECT; LEH; LADAKH
While driving across Himalayas from Leh, Zanskar & Himachal, we realized that migrant labors from UP, Bihar, Rajasthan build all the roads. They come from landscapes and climates so different from the high Himalayas, living in tents in barren wide valleys building roads so that we can reach the most non-motorable terrains. The public art project was initiated behind this thought. We thought of doing something in Leh old town, a labor ghetto now, as a public art project. The project is an response to the "beauty" of Ladakh and what lies within.
We called this project "untitled" because we are looking at people who have no names, daily labors, coming all the way at 4000 m above sea level. The outcome will be drawing huge portraits of labors in the walls of building sin the old town. We decided to use "earth" instead of paint to draw; the kind of white clay earth which is used in plaster in Ladakh. This is a response to our commitment in using local materials and identity.
The project was initiated in the summer of 2017.
POSTCARDS FROM DZONGU; NORTH SIKKIM
The project was initiated to understand the Lepcha people in their own setting in Dzongu; learn, observe and get inspired from the way people live in the high tropical mountains. A personal approach to document a cultural landscape rich in natural heritage and inter-relationship of man & nature.
The approach is to record personal accounts of everyday people living in Dzongu. The approach is to see, observe and learn from the mundane. To learn from the regular and not celebrated for a change.
TEAM: Debasish Borah, Jagrut Raval
VintAGE is an ongoing project. Mimicking the visual language of fashion prêt-à-porter brands, VintAGE celebrates old pieces of clothing (belonging to Helene’s family members), advertising their age, rather than their price. VintAGE visual campaign intends to bring a reflection upon our modes of consumption, the vicious cycle of endlessly wanting the fresh, the new, the latest, inevitably condemned to ‘’already has been’’ forever.
What if we started to value how long a product can last, how it can transcend generations, enveloping people of different eras, united by a physical heritage, worn as a statement against advanced capitalist and consumerist societies?
TEAM: Helene Thebault; Models: Helene Thebault & Tiphane Thebault.
LEH & DELHI
Randomly is a zine created by random drawings, doodles, short stories, sketches and photographs done by Helene & Debasish over last couple of years. We have traded randomly in markets of Leh & Delhi; not for money but for things. Anyone wanting to "buy" Randomly has to give us something in return except money; anything they desire.
The basic idea is to create a distopian situation in today's advance capitalist society, where everything can be bought by money. We got fruits, biscuits, pens, rings, cards etc in return.
TEAM: Debasish Borah & Helene Thebault
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.