la.sa.naa n [ lang. Newari (Nepal Bhasha)]
Defn. 1. Art – Kalaa कला | 2. Mood – Rasa रस
In oriental philosophy there are nine basic moods (nava rasa) / frames of mind that drive people to act accordingly. e g – Love, Hate, Anger, Jealousy, bravery, Joy, Grief, Humor & Fear.
LASANAA is a non-profit art organization established in 2007 for the promotion of contemporary Nepali art. A brainchild of interdisciplinary artist and art-activist Ashmina Ranjit, LASANAA was founded with the intention of developing conceptual art in Nepal through critical thinking to ultimately address societal issues
With artivism (art+activism) at its core, LASANAA has been working to encourage collaborations (between artists and communities), and to promote learning through the exchange of ideas. The organization’s goal is to promote the exploration of media beyond the conventional and the traditional methods in order to create art that serves a grander purpose other than just self-expression; to use art for change.
LASANAA is an alternative art space with the credo of bringing people together, and allow learning through idea exchange. LASANAA provides an opportunity for national and international artists to explore art forms beyond the conventional and traditional, in order to arrive at a unique individual expression. LASANAA’s main objective is to bring about change in society – on social, cultural and political levels, through its artivism (art + activism).
What has LASANAA been doing?
LASANAA is the only organization in Nepal that has been established solely for the purpose of the exploration and the promotion of conceptual art and artivism. The organization established the idea to use art as a media for activism and has brought a shift in the dynamics of the Nepali art scene ever since its inception. It has been an influential source for the new generation of Nepali artists.
Prior to the establishment of LASANAA, conceptually driven art and post-modern ideologies were minorities in the Nepali art scene; the field was dominated by the long-established traditional art practices and the modern scene, which had planted a strong footing in Nepal since the late 20th century. Prior to the 20th century, art reflected mostly religion and culture as a medium of personal expression; socio-political issues were subjects rarely discussed. Soon after its founding, LASANAA played an integral part in involving the community in the art-making process. LASANAA, along with a few prominent contemporary artists took up the challenge to prove otherwise. the established idea Art is not only an entity for the upper classes of society; it is for everyone without discrimination.
LASANAA has undoubtedly played a crucial role in modeling what we now consider contemporary Nepali art. With a priority in the art making process, the organization has bridged the gap between society and art. During the past 10 years, the organization has been actively organizing exhibitions, presentations, discussions, performances, demonstrations, and other art-related activities involving the community and local and foreign artists.