Kathmandu Triennale 2077: curated by Artistic Director Cosmin Costinas and Co-Curators Sheelasha Rajbhandari and Hit Man Gurung
Kathmandu Triennale 2077 takes place in the spring of 2022, across five culturally and historically significant venues in Kathmandu: Nepal Art Council, Taragaon Museum, Patan Museum, Siddhartha Art Gallery and Bahadur Shah Baithak.
Pacita Abad's two paintings are exhibited at the Nepal Art Council, Babar Mahal.
Organised by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation in Nepal and Siddhartha Arts Foundation, this edition will be the largest presentation of contemporary art in Nepal to date, the Triennale exhibits works by over 100 artists and collaborators from more than 40 nations.
"2077" is for the Triennale both a cemented, stagnant time and a fluid, unpredictable variant. The curatorial team, led by Artistic Director Cosmin Costinas and Co-Curators Sheelasha Rajbhandari and Hit Man Gurung, have retained this spectral title for the upcoming edition, first adopted in a shift of perspective towards the Triennale’s locality: 2077 in the Nepali Bikram Sambat calendar was 2020 in the Gregorian calendar, the original year for this edition. As the repeated postponement, dark periods of uncertainty, as well as new reflections and possibilities - all ripple effects of that ill-fated year - have inextricably shaped this project, acknowledging it is an act of humility and honesty towards this journey. All the while, the time of the Triennale has also become arbitrary and nonlinear; at once in the past and the future of 2077, and the present of 2022, mediating between systems of counting time, uneasy synchronicities, and struggles to escape and reclaim histories, often running afoul of each other. These multiplicities and displacements across time are reflected in the themes and artists of the Triennale, driven by the active and subversive perspectives and artistic languages of many communities within Nepal and around the world, often relegated from the colonially derived canons of contemporary art.