(Left-Right) The three judges of HIPFEST 2017 – Merimvu Doulo, Rokovor Vihienuo and Heather Layton. Also seen are Sentienla Pongen Ezung and Eastern Art Council Coordinator, M Ababe Ezung. (DIPR Photo)
Heather Layton, an interdisciplinary artist and senior lecturer of Arts in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Rochester, has put up her exhibition at the HIPFEST 2017. Layton’s paintings and installations attempt to re-imagine the world from a perspective other than her own. Her works include a series on ‘dirt.’ Speaking about it, she said it tries to highlight the importance of dirt. Usually people focus on the flowers and plants, forgetting the dirt, which is essential for the growth of flowers and plants, the artist stated.
Heather Layton along with renowned Naga photographers, Rokovor Vihienuo and Merimvu Doulo judged the HIPFEST 2017 photography contest on December 4. While appreciating the beautiful works done by the Naga photographers in the competition, Layton expressed hope that their works can also be showcased to the outside world. Judging the photography contest on the theme ‘Colours of Nagaland,’ Rokovor Vihienuo was of the view that the photos should have a ‘touch of Naga’ to it, something that is unique to Nagaland. Expressing a similar view, Doulo cited the case of a picture which shows a Naga traditional house with a church in the background, captioned ‘From darkness to light,’ saying it aptly depicts the essence of ‘Colours of Nagaland.’
Altogether, 45 participants took part in the photography contest, of which nine participants were in the children’s category (13 years and below). The results will be announced on December 7 and prize distribution will be held on December 10.