Sā Ladakh‘s second edition of Asia’s highest contemporary land art group exhibition was recently held at Disko Valley Bike Park in Leh, Ladakh. Titled “The Future of Immersive Land Art / Immersive Land Art and the Future,” this event showcased creativity, culture, and environmental consciousness.
Building on the success of its inaugural edition in August 2023, sā edition two focused on “climate optimism” to spark dialogues and actions toward a sustainable future.The event featured site-specific art installations and sculptures made from locally sourced discarded, renewable, or reusable materials. The program included school outreach activities, curated artist film screenings by the Dharamshala International Film Festival, and contemporary performances.
This year’s edition received support from the European Union National Institutes for Culture 2024, one of only 19 projects worldwide to do so. The event featured artists like Manisha Gera Baswani, Kunzes Angmo, Tsetan Angmo, Zarina Parveen, Kundan Gyatso, Stanzin Tsepel, Tsering Youdol, Urgain Zawa, Li Actuallee, and many others. Michael Pal, President of EUNIC New Delhi, praised the exhibition for promoting dignity, environmental protection, and dialogue.
A collaboration with the Austrian public arts institution, the museum in progress, added an international dimension through their ‘raising flags’ series. The series, led by Alois Herrmann and Kaspar Mühlemann Hartl, featured works by artists such as Minerva Cuevas, Shilpa Gupta, and Samson Kambalu.
Royal Enfield supported an Artist Residency dedicated to sustainable textile art. The Himalayan Knot project, part of Royal Enfield’s CSR initiative, aims to conserve pastoral lands and preserve local livelihoods. Bidisha Dey, Executive Director of Eicher Group Foundation, emphasized the importance of art in expressing youth voices on climate change.
Monisha Ahmed, founder of the Ladakh Arts and Media Organisation (LAMO), highlighted the importance of sā in fostering dialogue around land, environment, community, and culture in the region. The initiative was founded by Ladakhi rock climbing pioneer Tenzing ‘Jammy’ Jamyang, Austrian Sri Lankan artist Raki Nikahetiya, and Indian Spacial Designer Sagardeep Singh. Raki Nikahetiya stated, “sā is an ongoing proof of concept, creating art with limited resources and raising awareness on climate optimism while providing value for the community and the next generation.”