Why Archiving and What we seek to Do

Our purpose at the Confluence Collective is to use visual mediums to rewrite and re-tell our stories from within, filling in the gaps that continue to dominate the narratives on the people, places and communities that make up the region of Sikkim and Darjeeling Hills. We seek to rebuild our stories, lost in the distorted narratives defining our existence and identities likewise, constantly reducing us to the margins with our stories only being told and written from the ‘outside’.

The photographs that we collect will be digitised, catalogued and preserved and will be made accessible for academic, institutional and independent research and practitioners of the region.

Our purpose is to engage with the local community to keep our tradition and essence of story-telling alive, after-all ‘guff’ lies in the heart of the Pahari way of life, and also where we find the rich repositories of our history, culture, tradition and collective existence. We wish to preserve this history captured in Photographs, passed down over time, but dangerously on the verge of being wiped out.

We therefore feel the urgency and necessity of the Archive and seek your engagement and contribution likewise in the form of photos and any other relevant materials for the Archive.

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