Photos: The perception of home in Tenzing Dakpa’s photobook “The Hotel”

UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 06:01 PM IST
From “The Hotel” by Tenzing Dakpa. Migration and spaces of comfort are recurring themes in Dakpa’s work. In “The Hotel,” strangers come and go, while the place is also a family residence. (Tenzing Dakpa)
Tenzing Dakpa’s photo book, “The Hotel” simultaneously reflects on intimacy and detachment, and the photographs are imagined as both a source for memories of his family’s exile, and Dapka’s own experience of belonging and identity. (Tenzing Dakpa)
As the only family member not involved in living at and running the hotel, Tenzing Dakpa negotiates feelings of detachment when he visits – it is at once a home and a place of impermanence. (Tenzing Dakpa)
Dakpa’s photos reveal the physical spaces of the hotel, its guest rooms, dining room, the family’s cat on a flight of stairs; as well as signs of daily working life there: sheets hanging out to dry, clipping plants in the garden, his parents engaged in various tasks. (Tenzing Dakpa)
“The nature of our official identity and place on paper is adopted and the one which is in our memory is fragmented, revealed only in places we once remember,” said Dakpa. (Tenzing Dakpa)
The hotel in this book is both real and metaphorical, an actual establishment run by Tenzing Dakpa’s parents in Sikkim, and a prism through which he revisits his family history and place within it. (Tenzing Dakpa)
According to Tenzing Dakpa, the hotel is both public and private, a business and a home: a transient place for guests who come and go and a residence that holds the memories of its owners and projects their hopes. (Tenzing Dakpa)
As the only member of his family not involved in running the hotel, Tenzing Dakpa’s photos allow him to negotiate his migration and detachment from it, while intensely exploring his family relationships. (Tenzing Dakpa)
Dakpa’s book “The Hotel” was published by Steidl in April 2020. In 2018, the book was shortlisted for the Mack First Book Award and won the Photobook Award at the Singapore International Photography Festival. (Tenzing Dakpa)

From “The Hotel” by Tenzing Dakpa. Migration and spaces of comfort are recurring themes in Dakpa’s work. In “The Hotel,” strangers come and go, while the place is also a family residence. (Tenzing Dakpa)

Tenzing Dakpa’s photo book, “The Hotel” simultaneously reflects on intimacy and detachment, and the photographs are imagined as both a source for memories of his family’s exile, and Dapka’s own experience of belonging and identity. (Tenzing Dakpa)

As the only family member not involved in living at and running the hotel, Tenzing Dakpa negotiates feelings of detachment when he visits – it is at once a home and a place of impermanence. (Tenzing Dakpa)

Dakpa’s photos reveal the physical spaces of the hotel, its guest rooms, dining room, the family’s cat on a flight of stairs; as well as signs of daily working life there: sheets hanging out to dry, clipping plants in the garden, his parents engaged in various tasks. (Tenzing Dakpa)

“The nature of our official identity and place on paper is adopted and the one which is in our memory is fragmented, revealed only in places we once remember,” said Dakpa. (Tenzing Dakpa)

The hotel in this book is both real and metaphorical, an actual establishment run by Tenzing Dakpa’s parents in Sikkim, and a prism through which he revisits his family history and place within it. (Tenzing Dakpa)

According to Tenzing Dakpa, the hotel is both public and private, a business and a home: a transient place for guests who come and go and a residence that holds the memories of its owners and projects their hopes. (Tenzing Dakpa)

As the only member of his family not involved in running the hotel, Tenzing Dakpa’s photos allow him to negotiate his migration and detachment from it, while intensely exploring his family relationships. (Tenzing Dakpa)

Dakpa’s book “The Hotel” was published by Steidl in April 2020. In 2018, the book was shortlisted for the Mack First Book Award and won the Photobook Award at the Singapore International Photography Festival. (Tenzing Dakpa)

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In Tenzing Dakpa's "The Hotel," the place is both real and metaphorical-- an actual establishment run by Dakpa’s parents in Sikkim, and a prism through which he revisits his family history and place within it. As the only member of his family not involved in running the hotel, Dakpa’s photos allow him to negotiate his migration and detachment from it, while intensely exploring his family relationships.

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