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‘Nepal: Then and Now’ Photography Exhibition

‘Nepal: Then and Now’ Photography Exhibition

| On 17, May 2018

‘Nepal: Then & Now’ received an overwhelmingly positive reception, attracting over 700 visitors and being featured in several prominent newspapers. ‘Nepal: Then & Now’ is a photography exhibition that juxtaposes historical and contemporary photographs of Nepal, examining how the physical and social landscape of Nepal has changed over time. This exhibition examined change from the perspectives of the eight photographers. With each comparison showcasing a different interpretation of change in Nepal.

This show featured 21 photographs, 10 comparisons, from eight photographers. The Bikalpa Art Center would like to thank Shisang Lama, Fritz Berger, Bipin Raj Tiwari, Ram Paudel, Katherine Cheng, Pablo Lopez, Shrijana Shrestha, and Peter Gill for their participation in the exhibition.

Change is complicated and multi-faceted, impacting society in both negative and positive ways. This exhibition address a multitude of different issues, with each of the 10 comparisons showcasing a different perspective on change in Nepal. In the last hundred years Nepal has gone through a period of rapid change: tumultuous political changes; Nepal opening up its borders; the “hippie invasion” and freak street; becoming a tourist and NGO global hotspot; technological advancements; educational reform; the destruction of the April 2015 Nepal Earthquake; increased industrialisation and globalisation.

For those who did not have the opportunity to visit the exhibition in person, we have recreated ‘Nepal: Then & Now’ exhibition digitally.

Co Curated by Bronte Isabella & Saroj Mahato.

The exhibition also included musical performances by ‘Raspberry Bush’ (Indie Nepali Band) and ‘Bee Numb’ Solo Musical performance


  • Catherine Cheng – China

    Mahima Singh is a visual artist, who is currently working in the mediums of performance, portraiture, and installation art. She is inspired by the uncertainty and violent she sees in the world, her work is particularly influenced by natural disasters, disease, violence, and terrorism. We see these acts of horrific violence on the news and in real-life every day; Mahima’s work reflects on the toll this has on the fragility of human life. Her latest project (2017 to present) is a series of postmortem portraits of those who passed away in the April 2015 earthquake. These mixed-medium portraits question our materialistic world and showcase the impermanence of life.

    Mahima holds Masters of Fine Arts from the Korea National University of Art, South Korea. Her work has been shown in two solo exhibitions, Spontaneity and Control in DM gallery and The Rain in Godo gallery, both in Seoul, South Korea in 2012.

    Mahima is excited to be a part of Trans Art Studio project 3.0, as it will afford her the opportunity to collaborate and discuss her ideas with people working in different disciplines. She hopes to learn from all the workshops, interactions and presentations from the professionals of different background to enhance her work and to grow as an artist.

    Pablo Lopez – Visual Artist: Australia

    Pablo Lopez is a visual artist/musician joining us from Melbourne, Australia. Pablo was introduced to traditional painting methods and techniques while undertaking a Diploma of Visual Arts and continued with a Bachelor of Fine Arts to expand his studio practice. During his Bachelors, Pablo conceptually developed as a painter, through experimenting with different mediums (acrylic paint, spray paint, earth materials, etc.), scale, and style.

    After graduating, Pablo has continued to strive for artist growth through experimentation. Taking up a year-long project with established sculptural artist Louis Laumen. From working with Louis, he was introduced to the process and methods used in traditional sculpture. Pablo then had the opportunity to work in a foundry for a short time. Pablo’s concern for the environment and sense of uncertainty is a theme that hopefully translates through the Trans Studio Project 3.0 (TSP3.0), where Pablo will continue to learn through experimentation with painting, sculpture or installation.

    Pablo is eager to participate in the TSP3.0, as it will afford him the opportunity to collaborate with other artists and contribute to the local community while visiting Nepal.

    Shrijan Shrestha – Nepal

    Mahima Singh is a visual artist, who is currently working in the mediums of performance, portraiture, and installation art. She is inspired by the uncertainty and violent she sees in the world, her work is particularly influenced by natural disasters, disease, violence, and terrorism. We see these acts of horrific violence on the news and in real-life every day; Mahima’s work reflects on the toll this has on the fragility of human life. Her latest project (2017 to present) is a series of postmortem portraits of those who passed away in the April 2015 earthquake. These mixed-medium portraits question our materialistic world and showcase the impermanence of life.

    Mahima holds Masters of Fine Arts from the Korea National University of Art, South Korea. Her work has been shown in two solo exhibitions, Spontaneity and Control in DM gallery and The Rain in Godo gallery, both in Seoul, South Korea in 2012.

    Mahima is excited to be a part of Trans Art Studio project 3.0, as it will afford her the opportunity to collaborate and discuss her ideas with people working in different disciplines. She hopes to learn from all the workshops, interactions and presentations from the professionals of different background to enhance her work and to grow as an artist.

     

    Shisang Lama – Nepal

    Mahima Singh is a visual artist, who is currently working in the mediums of performance, portraiture, and installation art. She is inspired by the uncertainty and violent she sees in the world, her work is particularly influenced by natural disasters, disease, violence, and terrorism. We see these acts of horrific violence on the news and in real-life every day; Mahima’s work reflects on the toll this has on the fragility of human life. Her latest project (2017 to present) is a series of postmortem portraits of those who passed away in the April 2015 earthquake. These mixed-medium portraits question our materialistic world and showcase the impermanence of life.

    Mahima holds Masters of Fine Arts from the Korea National University of Art, South Korea. Her work has been shown in two solo exhibitions, Spontaneity and Control in DM gallery and The Rain in Godo gallery, both in Seoul, South Korea in 2012.

    Mahima is excited to be a part of Trans Art Studio project 3.0, as it will afford her the opportunity to collaborate and discuss her ideas with people working in different disciplines. She hopes to learn from all the workshops, interactions and presentations from the professionals of different background to enhance her work and to grow as an artist.

    Peter Gill

    Rahul Thapa is a contemporary visual artist working with various art mediums, primarily: videography and wood installation. Rahul creates temporal works of art, inspired by the ephemerality of nature. His work is influenced by the human psyche, creating works that reflect conflicting and confounded emotional experiences. He has previously worked on the themes of Creation, Duality, and the Five elements of nature; however, Rahul is currently looking to step out of his comfort zone and experiment with creating art that is less visual, and more sensory.

    Rahul has a passion for drawing, photography, and filmography. He currently works as an Art director for films, creating visual storyboards. A long-term aspiration of Rahul’s is to tell great stories through film and/or animation.

     

    When asked why he choose to participate in this project, Rahul stated that “I am very excited to participate in the Trans Studio Project 3.0 because this project is giving me an opportunity to closely collaborate with other fellow practitioners from different fields, learn from each other as well as giving us a support and the environment for us to realize our artworks.”

    Bipin raj Tiwari

    Samrat describes himself as “a confused soul, waiting for inspiration. Currently finding my way through this mess called life.” The Trans Studio Project 3.0 is Samrat’s first foray into visual art. However, he has a strong background in writing, a passion for photography and interest in movies.

     

    Samrat recently graduated from the Kathmandu University with a Bachelors of Business Administration. Upon reflection, Samrat describes his university experience as “uninspiring” and has decided to take a different and less conventional path in life. He is currently working as a freelance writer and public speaking coach for kids. His writing has a particular focus on travel. Samrat has a true passion for travelling, stating that “If given a choice between money and travel, I would take the money and then travel!”

    The Trans Studio Project 3.0 will be a completely new experience for Samrat. The TSP3.0 is all about collaboration and learning from one another. Samrat’s will bring his articulate writing ability and longing for inspiration to this Project. We are excited to see how much he will learn and grow as an artist from this experience.

    Ram Paudel

    Samrat describes himself as “a confused soul, waiting for inspiration. Currently finding my way through this mess called life.” The Trans Studio Project 3.0 is Samrat’s first foray into visual art. However, he has a strong background in writing, a passion for photography and interest in movies.

     

    Samrat recently graduated from the Kathmandu University with a Bachelors of Business Administration. Upon reflection, Samrat describes his university experience as “uninspiring” and has decided to take a different and less conventional path in life. He is currently working as a freelance writer and public speaking coach for kids. His writing has a particular focus on travel. Samrat has a true passion for travelling, stating that “If given a choice between money and travel, I would take the money and then travel!”

    The Trans Studio Project 3.0 will be a completely new experience for Samrat. The TSP3.0 is all about collaboration and learning from one another. Samrat’s will bring his articulate writing ability and longing for inspiration to this Project. We are excited to see how much he will learn and grow as an artist from this experience.

    Fritz Berger

    Samrat describes himself as “a confused soul, waiting for inspiration. Currently finding my way through this mess called life.” The Trans Studio Project 3.0 is Samrat’s first foray into visual art. However, he has a strong background in writing, a passion for photography and interest in movies.

     

    Samrat recently graduated from the Kathmandu University with a Bachelors of Business Administration. Upon reflection, Samrat describes his university experience as “uninspiring” and has decided to take a different and less conventional path in life. He is currently working as a freelance writer and public speaking coach for kids. His writing has a particular focus on travel. Samrat has a true passion for travelling, stating that “If given a choice between money and travel, I would take the money and then travel!”

    The Trans Studio Project 3.0 will be a completely new experience for Samrat. The TSP3.0 is all about collaboration and learning from one another. Samrat’s will bring his articulate writing ability and longing for inspiration to this Project. We are excited to see how much he will learn and grow as an artist from this experience.



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