Simplicity of Bena village captured in pictures

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The National – Tuesday, November 30, 2010

PHOTOS capture a moment, a time, and a place that will never be the same again.
That was what Irene Gashu from Japan wanted to do to remind others about the simple life in a village setting in PNG.
Yesterday saw the opening of her photographic exhibition at the National Museum and Arts Gallery which will continue until Dec 10.
Gushu had a total of 37 photographs on display depicting simple village life in a rural village in the Bena area of Eastern Highlands.
This was the second photo exhibition after the first exhibition that was held last year in Tokyo and attracted more than 6,000 people.
The exhibition is a partnership project between Gashu and University of Papua New Guinea’s creative arts strand and is focused on community life style through photographs.
She told The National that most often we tend to forget our simple way of living and so this was one way that we could use to appreciate and value simple life.
Gushu is also a photographer and a lawyer by profession and is currently a student at UPNG is hoping to do her PhD in law.
When asked why she wanted to do her studies here, she simply said that she liked it very much in PNG and so she decided to do her studies here and is planning to do her PhD thesis on women and law.
Gushu will also do a similar photographic exhibition next year in Goroka.
The acting dean of the school of  humanities and social science at UPNG, Mathew Leavelesy, said education could be gained from many experiences and such was one alternative.
He also added that there should be more of exchange visits by international students and our own students to facilitate and encourage different experiences as well as to provide quality education.