South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

SAI hosts photo exhibit on Jain temples

Wed, January 16, 2019
SAI hosts photo exhibit on Jain temples

Dates: January 10 to March 29, 2019

"Structures of Striving," a new photography exhibit on Jainism is now on display outside of the Glickman Conference Center, Robert Patton Hall (RLP Corridor 1.300). The exhibit consists of nine colorful 24-by-36-inch photos of Jain temples and structures and will be viewable through the end of February. The exhibit is on loan from Rice University’s Chao Center for Asian Studies.

The exhibit is the result of a collaboration between Brianne Donaldson, Rice University’s first Bhagwaan Mahavir/Chao Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Jain Studies, and the local and national Jain community. "Jain architecture and images reflect the pathway of striving toward liberating perception and knowledge known as moksha," said Donaldson. There are between 5 million to 7 million followers of Jainism worldwide, including approximately 100,000 in the United States.

Rice undergraduate students Akhil Jonnalagadda, a Hanszen College junior, and Vishnu Kumar, a Hanszen College senior, worked with Donaldson to select the images from a DVD of extensive images taken for the annual calendar published by JAINA (the Federation of Jains in North America) for Jain community members in the U.S. and Canada.

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