Derek Eland: Being Human at Base Camp
SATURDAY 29 APRIL – SUNDAY 2 JULY 2017 // In April 2016, Cumbrian artist Derek Eland, became the first ever artist in residence at Everest Base Camp, living in a temporary community with 1000 people. Many there were climbers and Sherpas preparing to summit; others included trekkers, camp workers, medical teams and rescue team members.
‘Being Human at Base Camp’, which will fill Rheged’s Gallery, is the first chance to experience Derek’s unique journey, which has been described as extraordinary, moving and surreal. Through material collected at Base Camp, including hundreds of raw and confessional handwritten accounts from the artist’s unique “Diary Room” plus photography, social media and video, Derek Eland shares his thought-provoking experience of his 6-week residency and reveals what it is like to ‘be human’ in the harsh environment of Everest Base Camp.