The Little Album is a part of Kathmandu Triennale education outreach program conducted by Artudio in Pran Community Center and Shree Jana Jyoti Secondary School, Gairimudi, Dolakha in partnership with Kathmandu Triennale and Srijanalaya. This curated exhibition by Krisha Tamrakar is on public view from 2nd to 9th April 2017.
Kathmandu Triennale is Nepal’s premier international platform for global contemporary arts. It is the latest iteration of the pioneering Kathmandu International Art Festival (KIAF), which nurtured several historical outcomes for Nepali arts and the city of Kathmandu. Like the precursory Festivals (2009, 2012), the Triennale is thematically engaged with particular social issues and seeks to advance a nuanced approach that encapsulates the pedagogical potential of visual arts. Kathmandu Triennale’s inaugural edition will be dedicated to the theme of The City. Philippe Van Cauteren (Belgium) will be curating the overall artistic vision of the event.
The exhibition is happening in multiple venues such as Nepal Art Council, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Taragaon Museum, Patan Museum, Artudio and many other galleries in town.
Park gallery opens 10th annual art fair at gallery premises at Pulchok today. Total 74 artists from various genres have been selected for the the fair including 11 bangladeshi artists and 1 American Artists.
The exhibition will remain till Sunday 11th Dec for the public.
The new exhibit “Divine Debris”by contemporary artist Meena Kayastha showcases a series of works created over the year following the 2015 earthquake. Kayastha gives meaning to what was once discarded. She puts life back in doors from Bhaktapur that had once seen the glory of Newari craftsmanship. The artist exhibit also features a number of deities built with leftover scrap metal from the junkyard, a line of her signature style.
Artist States, “In this series I have used broken doors left behind after the devastation caused by the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Doors, simply put, are openings to possibilities or closings that safeguard you. The symbolism used here is to make women realize and actualize that they are their own doors to limitless possibilities.”
The exhibition began on 27th Nov and will run till 11th Jan 2017 at Sidhhartha Art Gallery, Babermahal.
On Saturday 22nd October, Minister Counsellor Edle Hamre gave a speech at the opening of the exhibition of the artwork of Pramila Giri, organized by Nepal Art Council. Giri has been living in Norway for more than two decades, and she has truly made her mark as an artist in Norway.
Her art was first introduced to the Norwegian public in 1983, and since then she has had various exhibitions across the country, among them a major one person show at one of Norway’s most renowned contemporary art museums, the Henie Onstad Art Centre in the Oslo region. Now her works decorates important public spaces in Norway such as the St.Olavs hospital and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
Her unique artwork reflects her Nepalese and South Asian roots as well as her inspiration from Norway and Tibet. With this, Pramila introduces to the Norwegian audience a new culture – one that without her artwork many Norwegians might not be familiar with.
Dolakha Album: A short term curated community homestay art residency was a short-term residency curated by visual artist Kailash K Shrestha of Artudio. It was hosted in Gairimudi, Dolakha between 3 – 12 May, 2016. The primary goal of the platform was to integrate artistic process and creations into the context of the setting. Installation, new media and multimedia artists were selected by the curator to travel to the village, where they conducted research and created works to reflect their understanding of the complex realities of life in rural Nepal, post-earthquakes of 2015. While no thematic restrictions were levied, artists were limited to material found in the community. Further, each artist was hosted by a community resident affected by the earthquake and strategic encounters with the community were facilitated under the supervision of the curator.
Gairimudi, an inspiriting village perched atop of a wooded hillock of Dolakha, comprises of nine wards. It is located between Khanikhola river to its north and the village of Virkot along the southern lower belt of the hill. Ethnically diverse, the community represents people of Newar, Sherpa, Magar, Chhetri, Damai, Kami, Sarki denominations. The locality boasts of great natural beauty and cultural sites such as the Kaileshwor temple and the newly discovered Karkale cave. Gairimudi is home to some 4500 inhabitants and 900 houses. It is famous for its rich deposits of red clay.
PRAN COMMUNITY ART CENTER
Pran Community Art Center is a collaborative space dedicated to creating exchanges with native, national and international communities in Gairimudi VDC, Dolakha. The Center is Artudio’s vision for a long-term, post-disaster effort to realize a safe haven for children, where they can explore ideas and art forms outside their immediate academic curriculum. The center has equal participants from all member of the community for cultural celebrations, community meetings and workshops. Currently, the Center resides in a temporary shelter where children and adults benefit from various activities (art, music, performance, book reading, cultural activities) held every Saturday morning and holidays.
CHILDREN’S ART WORKSHOP
A day during the residency was reserved for activities with children of Gairimudi. Artists held several interactions and encounters with over 100 school children during the day. Some recorded music about their surrounding, others performed, and some even created land art in open areas. The results of the day were then shared at the community exhibition on the final day of the Dolakha Album.
The devastating earthquake of 25 April and 12 May brought unprecedented calamity and destruction to Dolakha, epicenter of the second quake. Together the quakes destroyed most houses of the district. Artudio began its post-disaster efforts with Healing Through Art immediately in the wake of the first earthquake. This initiative made its way through Kathmandu, Kavre, Nuwakot to Gairimudi carrying out a range of activities for children along the way. When the program finally arrived in Gairimudi, after the second quake, not a single house remained standing.
Artudio’s efforts in Gairimudi started on the heels of immediate rescue and relief operations. Instantly it revealed many positive changes amongst traumatized children and community members. Inspired by these outcomes, Artudio conceived of a longer term plan to continue engaging the community with the arts. Pran Art Center was thus born.
Today, the center operates out of a temporary shed but with a committed institutional vision and support from Artudio’s network of professional artists as well as volunteers, Pran Art Center aims to jumpstart a new cultural movement. Similar to the haat bazars that are commonplace across Nepal, we envision a different kind of rural gathering – a space where ideas, skills, creativity and happiness are exchanged.
Based on this vision, the Dolakha Album: Homestay Art Residency was envisioned as a foundational attempt to break away from the perception of art for the privileged or for urban settings. It became a testing ground for artists to redefine art as a contextual object, one that uniformly adapts to the everyday of all settings. Besides inspiring the community of Gairimudi through their artistic processes and creations, encounters facilitated by the Artudio catalyzed a distinguished approach to contextualizing art to the host’s reception. Additionally, the framework was mindful in delivering some relief directly to families economically, psychologically and physically affected by the quakes.
As might be expected, extensive co-operation amongst art institutions, artists and managers is necessary to grant permanence to the center’s mission. Fortunately, the motivations and impact are obvious – the center has immense potential to pioneer a new Nepali approach to collaborations and co-creation. Artudio believes that with enough support it could reach national and international audiences through the center and add a new chapter to Nepali and world art history.
Community Curated Exhibition in Gairimudi, Dolakha curated by visual artist Kailash K Shrestha
Art has yet to penetrate rural Nepal. When most art projects are concentrated in Kathmandu Valley, Dolakha Album becomes a novel attempt to conduct a community-based residency program far away from the urban hubs.
Although, rural Nepal is still reserved for photographs and paintings of its landscape have been romanticized for decades, exhaustive artistic interventions have never transpired in such environments. Dolkha Album is then the beginning of a more engaging reflection of a village – Gairimudi.
This project could have been only afforded by the commitment of artists to immerse themselves into the culture, lifestyle, atmosphere and spirit of the locality. Thus, eligible artists were identified keeping in mind the challenge of working outside one’s comfort zone and of experimenting with limited resources. Conventional as well as new media artists were selectively invited in an effort to provide a more nurturing climate of co-creation. The community was thus involved in the process of, and discourse on, ‘creating’ and ‘expressing’ in all its diversity. The use of locally available resources and accessible technologies and tools furthered that integration of creating into the community.
Making art in a place like Gairimudi, which is slowly losing its traditional identity and essence, is in itself an achievement. By observing the complex realities of the village, and documenting its present context artists have lent a hand in preserving its contemporary history for years to come. In return, artists were undoubtedly reciprocated with a better understanding of contexts that shape their own practice.
Artists bring fresh thoughts, perspectives to the subject they confront. Through this dialogue they are able to engage and inspire everyone from children to the elderly. Artudio is certain that by championing such platforms more constructive impact can be realized for all people involved. For generosity and reflection is the true measure of an artist’s success and is the goal of art.
Kailash K Shrestha
Curated Exhibition curated by visual artist Kailash K Shrestha in Artudio, Kathmandu
Sujan Dangol, New Media Artists
Surendra Maharjan, Printmaking Artist
Sandhya Silwal, Visual Artist
Rajan Shrestha, Sound based Multi Media Artist
Abhimanyu Dixit, Film Artist
Chabi Bahadur Shrestha, Local Artisan
BFA exhibition project 2016 by the student of Kathmandu University, School of Arts, Center for art and design is on at Nepal Art Council Gallery, Babarmahal from 23rd-27th July, 2016.
Amrit B. Karki, Anup Shankhadev, Anushri Lama, Bharat Rai, Bibek Thapa, Hishila Maharjan, Kunjan Tamang, Lunibha Shakya, Manju sunuwar, Monod Bhaila, Parish Shakya, Prajwal Manandhar, Rahul Thapa, Sameer Tamrakar, Santosh Jarga Magar, Saroj Maharjan, Shushank K. Shrestha, Shyam Prajapati, Utsab Maharjan, Ximi Wang and Yajyu Manandhar is exhibiting their final year project as part of the academic curriculum.
Few visual glimpses of “Invention in Tradition-III an exhibition by artist Umesh Shah at Siddhartha Art Gallery. The exhibition is open to public from 16th June- 30th June.
Photos: Santosh Prashad Rimal, Artudio