Soul Survivors is a multimedia exhibition holistically rendering little known cultures and life practices of the Apa Tani of Arunachal, the Konyak of Nagaland (both from the northeastern states of India) and Tibetan nomads. The exhibition centres on photographs shot by one of India’s most acclaimed documentary filmmakers Anu Malhotra during the filming of her documentaries on these cultures in years 2000-2002.
It provides an experiential frame for understanding these cultures through snippets of rare information accompanying the photographs, her detailed documentaries on these cultures, anecdotes from her travels there, and real life objects documenting the daily rhythms of these peoples. Anu has pledged all profits from the sale of all Soul Survivors photographs, installations, artefacts and merchandising to the Donyi Polo Mission, Papumpare, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, who work with the visual and hearing impaired.
The exhibition was inaugurated at the Stainless Steel Gallery in Delhi on April 23, 2011 and then hosted by the National Museum in Delhi from May 4-31, 2011.