Kathmandu Triennale: Curated by Hit Man Gurung, Sheelasha Rajbhandari and Cosmin Costinas
Kathmandu Triennale 2020 is delighted to announce the appointment of Kathmandu-based artists Hit Man Gurung and Sheelasha Rajbhandari as Curators of the upcoming edition, joining Artistic Director Cosmin Costinas. The Triennale is organized by Siddhartha Arts Foundation and will take place between December 4, 2020 and January 9, 2021 across multiple venues and public spaces in Kathmandu, including the 16th century Patan Museum, the 18th century Bahadur Shah Baithak school, Nepal Arts Council, Taragaon Museum, Siddhartha Art Gallery, and the garden of the Nepal Academy of Fine Arts, among others.
One of the starting points of the exhibition are the image- and object-making lineages that transversed or unfolded in parallel to the fractures of the modern. The Triennale will discuss appropriate frameworks of understanding and bringing together these multiple aesthetic and cosmological lineages active today, from paubha painting in Nepal to ink in East Asia and barkcloth in the Pacific, as well as to other languages marginalised by a Eurocentric cannon. But the triennale will also look beyond the dominant traditions in these contexts, to showcase materiality and media from communities which have often been subjected to processes of internal colonisation by their own, often post-colonial, states and their official cultural narratives. These explorations of vocabularies of representation will also include a genealogy of map-making, from the depiction of the whole universe to the inner human body (sometimes in the same map), instruments for navigating the earth and healing the body. These will be shown in parallel with an effort to revisit the reception and influence of several figures from Nepali art history of the past decades.