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the mysterious Ladakh

Photographic exhibition open from 4th to 24th July 2021

The journalist Enrico Rondoni presents a report about his photographic journey to the end of the world: Ladakh, a Buddhist union territory in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, between China and Pakistan.

Between the Batolite rocks close to the Himalayas and the dolomite rocks of Mt. Lagazuoi, where the exhibitio
n takes place, there is a deep connection that unites two world heritage sites which  have been telling the story of mankind for thousands of years. Veritable archives of memory, customs and traditions, the testimonies of those who live in this dimension.

Due to its geographical morphology and political-religious conditions, Ladakh has been a disputed country for a long time, an inaccessible and impenetrable world. Only in the last few centuries explorers such as the Jesuit Ippolito Desideri or - in the 20th century - the Duke of Abruzzo and great orientalist Giuseppe Tucci managed to get there. Isolated after the partition of India in 1947, Ladakh was not reopened to foreign visitors until 1974. This territory still holds many intact secrets, there is a lot to tell about its culture, which developed at an altitude of 4,000 meters.

The journalist Enrico Rondoni is deputy director of the tv-ews TG5 and writes for numerous daily and weekly newspapers.
As a correspondent, he has toured the world with his camera and realised reports and exhibitions about China, Tibet, Japan and Ladakh.