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Thy Kingdom Come
The people of the small village Busapendha, located in the remote parts of Northern Himalayas in Nepal. Breathes-in the air of a tender, fragile and a complex social system.
Having around 20 mountain dwellers families, the village comprises of Dalit’s and Taman’s inhabiting their subsequent territories demarcated by altitude and geography.
With generations of caste-based discrimination, segregation and conversion – voluntary or through evangelization, life in Busapendha is marginalised and freedom seems to be a distant dream. Existing between documentary and staged narrative, ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ is an ongoing work exploring the idea of identity through dynamics of religion and caste based discrimination.
After 2018 government officially banned religious conversions from the country for the next two centuries, but the numbers suggest many consider it a risk worth taking as the “untouchables” are among the most oppressed by this social system, which leaves no sphere untouched. Testament to how legions of Dalit’s are prepared to gamble on breaking the law in search of a more dignified life, Nepal now harbours one of the fastest-growing Christian populations in the world.
Satyadeep Singh has developed a practice that combines the medium of photography and visual arts. He believes in expressing societal and cultural issues with a different medium of contemporary art practices.
Studied photography at the International Semester Program of Pathshala South Asian Media Institute (Dhaka, Bangladesh) and completed his graduation in Communication Design from National Institute of Fashion Technology, Bengaluru, India