Print Edition - 2018-12-27  |  Life & Style

Recollection of reconstruction

  • Rebuilding Nepal, a photo exhibition is showcasing the reconstruction process after the 2015 earthquake
- Rose Singh, Kathmandu

Dec 27, 2018-

After the 2015 earthquake, the government as well as the non-government bodies has dedicated their resources on the reconstruction of various structures. Nepal Reconstruction Authority, a government agency that coordinates the reconstruction process was  also established in the aftermath. The third year anniversary of the authority was celebrated on Wednesday with the photo exhibition depicting the timeline from the destruction to the reconstruction. 

A collection of one hundred photographs from a total of 35 photographers titled ‘Rebuilding Nepal’ were exhibited at Nepal Art Council, Babarmahal, Kathmandu by the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) in association with the Photo-Journalist Club, Nepal (PJ Club). The exhibition showcased photographs from districts that were heavily affected during the 2015 earthquake. 

“It is true that the reconstruction process didn’t have the momentum as expected but around 77 percent of the destroyed structures have already been reconstructed. These photographs will portray a very traumatic experience our country went through collectively,” said Sushil Gyawali, chief executive officer (CEO) at NRA. The photographs were divided into four sections to provide a detailed understanding about the ongoing reconstruction in many different phases. 

The first segment, the ‘Aftermath Section’, shows a collection of pictures that were taken during the time of the earthquake. The pictures display the sight of rubbles, death and destruction that was evident during the time. The second segment, ‘Rebuilding Section’, is a series of snaps that evince the process of reconstruction of houses and structures post earthquake. The pictures showcase the aftermath of the earthquake from districts that were majorly affected such as Kathmandu, Gorkha, Sindhupal Chowk, Dolkha. The third segment was titled ‘Before and After Section’ where the photographs disclose the successfully completed development areas and compare it with the time of its initiation from Chautara, Basantapur, Bhaktapur, Patan. The fourth and final section showcases documentary produced through the videos gathered from the local people from various districts when Nepal was struck by the earthquake and the development processes afterward. 

“These images will act as a way to revive the reconstruction processes that was undertaken during the time period of these three years and send a message of hope and optimism,” says Bikash Karki, president at Photo-Journalist Club, Nepal.

According to the organisers, many events of the history go unnoticed due to the lack of pictorial evidence and documentation but these photographs will help the later generation to look back and remember a vital experience the country underwent. 

‘Rebuilding Nepal’ is currently on display at Nepal Art Council from 10am to 5 pm until December 28, 2018.

Published: 27-12-2018 08:33

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