NH5: An odyssey in fragility, beauty & danger
By Gareth Phillips
NH5 or to use its old name, The Hindustan Tibet Road, is located in the West of the Indian Himalayas, and shadows the mighty Sutlej River that flows from China, through the Indian Himalaya all the way into Pakistan. The Indian portion of the road has been dubbed one of the world’s most treacherous due to the precipitous drops, continual landslides and the high frequency of car accidents that occur along its route.
This exhibition is an odyssey in the fragility, beauty and danger that permeates NH5. At every point, the splendour of the roads surrounding landscape is juxtaposed by the reality of its power to forcibly destroy man’s temporary interventions. Tarmac, concrete, landslides and car crashes feed into the cycle of order and chaos, of destruction and renewal, that has become commonplace along the road and the commuters that use it.
7.30pm: Guided tour by the artist
6-11pm: Street food / bar