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Third edition of Photo Kathmandu to begin this week

  • With works by over 60 artists, the photography festival will have panel discussions, workshops, and print exhibitions spread out across Kathmandu and Patan
- Post Report

Oct 11, 2018-

The third edition of Nepal’s premier photography festival,

Photo Kathmandu, is slated to begin on Friday, with an inauguration by Tham Maya Thapa, Minister for Women, Children and Senior Citizens. The festival will take place between October 12 and November 16.

The festival this year will explore issues of gender, power, identity, patriarchy and sexuality, say organisers, The festival will see works by over 60 photographers, curators, editors, writers and art practitioners from over 20 countries, and will have 14 print exhibitions, four slideshow nights, 17 artist talk and panel discussions, eight workshops, one mixed-media residency and the South Asia Incubator programme.

Divided into two phases, the print exhibitions will feature works such as The Lightning Testimonies by Amar Kanwar; The Public Life of Women: A Feminist Memory Project, co-curated by Diwas Raja KC and NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati; Confronatations by Bunu Dhungana; Islands of Our Bodies by Keepa Maskey, Irina Giri and Sonam Choekyi Lama; There are no Homosexuals in Iran by Laurence Rasti; and The Independent Chronicler by Shreedhar Lal Manandhar; Something Big and Glorious and Magnificently Insane: Hippie Kathmandu, co-curated by Lucia De Vries and Prasiit Sthapit—as part of the first phase.

Even though the festival officially begins this week, a month-long mixed media residency programme already started a month ago, with six artists from five countries working with curators Veerangakumari Solanki and Sujan Chitrakar. The participating artists are living together in Patan and exploring relations between photography and other various art mediums.

“Photo Kathmandu creates space for conversations between the city and its public, its pasts and its aspirations. As a festival it seeks to challenge the limits of ‘artistic intervention’ and create in-depth public engagement on socio-political topics of local relevance,” reads a release issued by the organisers.

Photo Kathmandu opens on Friday, October 12, and will continue until November 16 in two phases.

Published: 11-10-2018 08:19

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