Divine Encounters. Sacred Rituals and Ceremonies in Asia

Exhibition dates: 27 June - 19 August 2019

Opening: 26 June, 17:00 hrs.

Organised in the context of the 11th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS 11).

Th exhibition Divine Encounters. Sacred Rituals and Ceremonies in Asia by the Bangkok-based Dutch photographer and author Hans Kemp can be seen in the front hall of the Leiden Town Hall from 27 June through 19 August 2019.

A ‘hidden’ Asia

Divine Encounters is a photographic odyssey exploring an Asia hiding in plain sight, resilient and vibrant. For just behind the neon signs, the marble and stainless-steel facades, the luxury cars and glitzy shopping malls, lies a different world, revealing itself through elaborate spirit rituals, blood-curdling ceremonies and exuberant festivals.

Exhibition and book

The photos are taken from four different chapters of Divine Encounters. Sacred Rituals and Ceremonies in Asia. In Kemp’s book you can find more images and in depth explanations of ceremonies and rituals in India, Japan and Indonesia, together with stories and impressive photos of divine encounters in Mongolia, Korea, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Hong Kong and the Philippines.

Hans Kemp

Award-winning Dutch photographer Hans Kemp is the author of seven photography books incl. the acclaimed Bikes of Burden, an ode to Vietnam’s load-carrying motorbikes, a bestseller with more than 100,000 copies sold in four languages.  Stay informed: www.hanskemp.com