Exhibition 22 aug – 4 sept 2017 @ NexUs
This body of work is community originated artwork and when we talk about the community, we refer to two distinct communities. One is the community of “local” and “international” artists who came together and built an artist community. Together they envisioned how the project could go forward. This artist community met with the second community, the one of Sipapokhare and the different groups that live there.
Our intention was not to simply make work about the community and village but instead to blend in with and engage with the people of Sipapokhare and Bungamati to learn from each other. In doing so, artists facilitated various groups from the community such as mothers, teachers, adolescents and kids. Through sharing their skills they built the capacity of local people to engage in creative and artistic mediums and envision and imagine their lives and their futures. At the same time, the community shared their unique and local perspectives of their lives, identities, challenges, strengths, hope and dreams and gave the artists a glimpse into what the realities of their lives really are.
NeXus/LASANAA is not a conventional ‘white wall’ gallery, it is an unconventional, multi-purpose community space. Mainstream art is so often tied up with mainstream politics and media and only serves those who are already culturally empowered. Through using alternative space, we invite viewers to perceive art in different ways and explore art, not as a static object, but as living and a way of life unto itself.
In this exhibit the works of community groups from Sipapokhare and Bungamati as well as local and international artists are presented together, blurring boundaries between the two groups. In this way, the spirit of collaboration and community is the defining aspect of this exhibit as all artists, all forms of expression blend together.
The highlight of this exhibit is a collaborative record of all the participants and their experiences which takes the form of a hand-printed book.
– Ashmina Ranjit, 2017
Some of the artworks :
- Kunjan Tamang / Moona Pennanen: Work on ‘Water’: water surrounded by myths and Politics. In both local, national and international contexts.
- Amrita Sen: Work on Fear, “Stories of the nature of Fear in Sipapokhare.”
- Teachers and Students Group (facilitated by Amrita Sen, Ashmina Ranjit, Yajyu Manandhar, Keshab Raj Khanal)
- Abhishek Shah: Video work “Images while searching for the “real Nepal.”
- Book – Rebuilding Recaptured
- Rabin Maharjan: “Architectural aesthetic” contrasting the traditional city with modern aesthetics.
- Ashmina Ranjit / Shrawan Maharjan: Interactive art form using recycled clothes to make a net which can be used to create shade or bind people together.
- Yajyu Manandhar (in collaboration with Hemmo Siponen & Kunjan Tamang): Sound work of children playing and children’s toys, recreating the sound using found metal objects.
- Prakash Ranjit/ Dipti Sherchan/ Malashree Subedi/ Keshab Raj Khanal: Collaborative work in the comic book. Inspired by the story of a real girls life.