Hajaarouma Hajaarou Ma at Art Council

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Hajaarouma Hajaarou Ma at Art Council

Sep 2, 2014-

An exhibition of paintings titled Hajaarouma Hajaarou Ma opened at the Nepal Art council, Babermahal, on August 29. The show, a collection of works by Laxman Bazra Lama, was inaugurated by Former Defense Minister Bidya Bhandari.

The exhibition featured 11 works done by Lama— mostly paintings, apart from two works, Devil lies within you, beware and Hami, which were a ready-made and a paper installation respectively. During the opening of the exhibition last week, a matrix of oil lamps was set up in front of a painting titled Condolence Towards Every Artists (an array of portraits of dead artists), which, the visitors could light in remembrance of all the artists who were once a part of this world. This and the other art works in the gallery focus on the idea of identity.

“No one is a superhero. So, everybody equally exists,” said Lama.

In other words, the exhibition ‘celebrates human existence.’ So, through his works — a self-portrait, a portrait of  Kumari, an arrangement of typography in a grid of canvases, portraits of historical figures like Hitler, Rajnish, Charlie Chaplin and Nelson Mandela, a paper-cut installation in which thousands of ‘Mas’ amass into a ‘hami’ and a portrait of a woman with arms wide-open and facing the sky, smiling. The artist touches many elements that relate to human life and identity—both individual and collective.

This show is Lama’s first solo show. Prior to this, he had participated in the 2012 BFA show organised at the same venue.  “It was a good experience but a difficult one nonetheless,” said Lama. “To organise and curate on your own is an intensive process and there are so many obstacles,” he further added.

Lama’s show was deprived of light throughout the afternoon yesterday due to the ongoing blackout. And it’s not just the case with Lama though. Many events organised around the city suffer from such infrastructural fallbacks. “It’s difficult because nobody really is interested in helping out upcoming artists in anyway,” said Lama. 

Published: 03-09-2014 09:26

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