After a 30-hour journey, I arrived in Kathmandu and hit the ground running!
At the new Kathmandu Contemporary Art Center in Jhamsikhel, there was an installation which was the perfect meld of art, eco-science and social conscience. Featuring the artworks of Nepali and French artists, the piece de resistance was this 5-meter Buddha by Karl Knapp, constructed with chicken wire covered with colorful recycled plactic bags, this exhibit was part of the Planet Nepal Festival of Arts and Environment. You can find an earlier review of Karl's work in Kathmandu here:
The woven petals in front of 'The Recycled Buddha' are by Ashmina Ranjil, a contemporary artist from Kathmandu.
Also included as part of the exhibit was the Rickshaw Project - an artistic take on the most ecologically sound mode of transport. The rickshaw above is made from recycled bicycle tires by Sanjana Joshi.
Another of the 3 rickshaws, this one by the artist Om Khatri. As part of the Festival, the three circulated through the streets of Kathmandu, handing out pamplets explaining how the local people can help sustain the environment on a personal level.
This multi-media exhibit included these masks.
A photo exhibition by Nayantara Gurung Kakshapati asks dificult questions and makes one think about the future of the global warming that starts at the top here in Nepal, the Roof of the World.
This giant Suhuaro cactus made of recycled soda bottles was a sight to behold. I cannot find the name of the artist in the literature provided.
The evening ended with a documentary film that strikingly showed the pollution that is choking Kathmandu Valley in a dramatic way. Very well-edited and shot, I recommend trying to see this short film named Pani (Water) by Sushma Joshi. You will be glad you did.
I can't begin to do justice to this exhibit with my limited time, but please visit the website www.Planetnepal.org to find out more.
While trying to find the gallery, I came across this Nepali Danger Dog zealously guarding his turf.
Seems I came late to the party, missing a great 3 day show at the Patan Museum and an installation at Patan's Durbar Square, but better late than never!
I even got a chance to talk with France's Ambassador to Nepal!
By the way, this exhibit would not have been possible without the help of Kathmandu's Alliance Francaise. If you are in Paris on November 20 and 21, 2010, there will be a reprise of this exhibit. Go to the website to find out those locations.
Remember tomorrow is the Day of the Dog. Stay tuned.