OF HOPE AND FEAR

Special thanks to Kensaku Seki

This is the story of Kunzang Chogel, an 18-year-old man living in Thimphu, capital of Bhutan; he’s fascinated by Hip-Hop and dreams of a better future. Bhutan has a high rate of unemployment particularly for the young population and it has major social consequences. The young people are growing in a tense and uncertain environment, most of them are very anxious about tomorrow. Hip-Hop has become a way out of these negatives thoughts and an important community is seeking an expression to their existence through this cultural movement.Bhutan being a very conservative Buddhist country, there is a tendency to disregard the youngsters choosing uncommon paths. Kunzang Chogel, found himself through Hip-Hop, evolving with his group of friends; they paint, write, dance and sing out loud their fundamental dissatisfaction with the Bhutanese society but also their hope for life. The Japanese photographer Kenzaku Seki incorporated documentary pictures of Kunzang and his friends, collecting their graffiti and weaving them together in a book, he wanted to express the “hope and fear” Kunzang holds in his hear.