In 2010, we co-founded the Nagaland/Rochester Art & Culture Exchange with Theja Meru, a Naga musician and community activist from Kohima. We were given the rare opportunity to travel to the tribal region in NE India to start the GLOCAL International Youth Film Festival, to install the exhibition "Parables for a Compassionate Revolution", and to meet with students at Nagaland University in Lumami. Throughout our visit, we had the honor of meeting many Naga artists, filmmakers, authors, and dancers who taught us about the rich cultural traditions of Nagaland.
In 2011, we then hosted five first-generation, Naga filmmakers in the United States. We organized multiple film screenings and cultural tours throughout New York State. The following year, Theja hosted Michael Iacovone, an American multimedia artist, in Nagaland to work on a photography project and learn about Naga culture firsthand. Two years later, we hosted Tiatemjen Kezevilhou Jamir at our home in Rochester. He installed a spectacular exhibition of his photographs in an exhibition titled "Naga Ink: A Fading Art" at the Sage Art Center, University of Rochester. In 2017, we hosted a team of four representatives from the Information and Public Relations Department (IPR) of the Government of Nagaland. Their purpose was to learn about photographic conservation and preservation as part of their greater efforts to document and preserve Naga history and culture. As part of their visit, we organized meetings with preservation and conservation experts at the George Eastman Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester Institute of Technology's Institute for Photographic Imaging, and the University of Rochester's Rare and Special Books Collection. This same year, we returned to Nagaland to reunite with our friends and colleagues. co-direct the second GLOCAL International Film Festival, jury the Hornbill International Photography Exhibition, and plan for future events that bring American and Naga cultures side by side.
Above (2013): Photographs by Tiatemjen Kezevilhou Jamir as part of the exhibition "Naga Ink: A Fading Art".
Below (2011): The first group of five filmmakers included Sesino Yhoshu, Liyo Kikon, Kele Yhoshu, Sophy Lasuh, and Ababe Myingthungo Lotha.