Tribe Done Gone
Bhubaneswar, India, 2017
Part 1 : Hollywood vs 25000 Tribal Kids
KISS (Kalinga Institute for Social Sciences) is an NGO that interns 25000 children. In order to receive sponsorship and gifts, they arranged for Ashley Judd to come and speak in front of the 25000 indigenous, tribal children. During the facade, Ashley revealed being raped at 18. As she tried to connect with the tribal children, they did not understand. The gathering took place on the big sports field, where these kids usually hang out. Their problematics lay elsewhere, as they have a lot of physical and sometimes mental issues caused by the survival of their tribe.
Part 2 : The Few
Alone, as a pair or as a small group. The interns sit or move through the buildings of the organisation when they are in between obligations.
Part 3 : Both Sides of The Medal
While there are fresco's about the traditional life of the tribes to be found at the outside walls of the school, these children get education. They will learn about modern life, they can use the library, contribute to sportgames and many other things. Included in "the many other things" are sowing clothes, make their own tribal art (big amounts of them are been sold on the market, the children will receive 1 percent of the profit if they are still at the school at 18 years old) and are being used by CEO's and other high profiled people by surrounding them in photographs, which they will publish to better themselves on how others perceive them.
Part 4 : Freedom is a Dirty Word
The time most away from the NGO is when they get to play in the dirty playgrounds next to the buildings. Especially for the boys this is the moment where they can get dirty and play like children need to play. Here they form their identity more loudly towards each other.
Part 5 : Staying Alive
Many of the kids have medical issues because of the living conditions and malnutrition in their villages.