AN INTENSE, INTIMATE MOMENT IN THE COMPANY OF HEADHUNTERS
The Konyak Series
An on-going documentary featuring the infamous people of the Konyak Tribe. Lungwa (Longwa) village, Konyak territory; The Konyak live upon isolated hilltop villages along the open border between India and Burma, in the Nagaland state. Culturally, headhunting was used to acquire land and power. Young warriors would travel out to neighbouring tribes to retrieve the heads of other warriors. Once the first head had been brought back to the village, the warrior would earn the right to wear the iconic facial tattoo, which was personally done by the Queen of the Konyaks. Successful headhunters bare on their chest a brass necklace with heads in a line; displaying the number of heads brought back. British missionaries brought christianity to Nagaland that put a stop to the hunting of heads, circa 1970, the last known head was taken.
Ion Art 2017
The exhibition will feature 8 collections of work by 8 illustrious Singagapore-based photographers, which includes KC Eng. Laxmi Kaul, Andrew Lum, Francisco Martin, Justin Ong, Eric Sawotoski, Marc Tan and Yuey Tan + Claire Jedrek, each with their own unique style and subject, all captured on Leica cameras. Join us for a soiree of imaginative narrative, transverse through cultures, continents and see the world through the eyes and hearts of these dedicated individuals; hear the compelling stories they have to share.