Expedition 03 : NEPAL

Region : Asia

Project focus : Mapping Geographic change, Education, Activism through Visual Art

In October 2018 our third artist team will journey to Nepal and focus their work within the rural community of Marpha and the urban center of Kathmandu. Upon arrival artists will team up with our esteemed collaborator The Siddhartha Arts Foundation who has graciously facilitated a mural series within the city as well as a panel discussion at the beautiful Patan Museum. The opportunity will allow our artists to present their signature work and speak directly to the public about their process and the project. Our hope is to generate interest in environmental conversation within the urban community through a connection to visual art. Following the activities in Kathmandu , Artists will travel into the mountains to the remote village of Marpha. Here, they will work for two weeks alongside the wonderful Marpha Foundation and their community of young students. The goal will be to create an Atlas of the village  that can function as a study and visual record of the people, places and local geography. It can be utilized to analyze future changes due to climate change or other environmental factors, and will provide a perfect platform for cross cultural creative collaboration. Artists will also complete a community mural and will have the chance to work on personal pieces. Thanks to the generosity and vision of Marpha Foundation and The Siddhartha Arts Foundation , this expedition is primed to be one of importance and wonder. 

 

ARTIST TEAM

Region : Asia

Project focus :  Mapping Geographic Change

Education and Activism through Visual Art 

BUNNIE REISS

Artist / Muralist

U.S.A.

 

 

 

Bunnie Reiss is a prolific artist and muralist out of San Francisco. Her work is heavily influenced by her ties to her Eastern European background , folk art, bright colors and community engagement. Her intricate folk murals explode with color and brighten walls all over the world. Bunnie has shown extensively in both the United States and around the world, in galleries, alternative art spaces,bookstores,fields, abandoned buildings,forests, or any place that seems to need a little extra magic.

 

 

 

AMOK ISLAND

Artist / Muralist

Amsterdam / Australia 

Amok Island is a multi-disciplinary artist from the Netherlands, based in North Fremantle, Western Australia.  His work explores his lifelong fascination with nature and her relationships and history with mankind. An undercurrent of appreciation for, and the need to preserve nature, can be detected throughout his work. Amok Island has created murals in over 20 countries worldwide and exhibited his work in Australia, the Netherlands and Japan. We are delighted to include him as part of the team.

TRYSTAN BATES  

Artist / Curator

USA / Argentina

 

Trystan Bates is a visual artist, curator, gallerist and the Founder  of Honeycomb Arts. He is also the Founder and acting director of The Greenkey Project. His art  is mostly interdisciplinary , often utilizing   techniques and mediums that visually echo the subject matter or inspiration behind the pieces. Trystan draws inspiration from the exploration of self,  history, the collective mythology of tribal and ancient cultures, and the human condition He has shown extensively throughout The U.S. Latin America and Europe.

 SOUTHER SALAZAR   

Artist 

USA 

 

Souther Salazar’s work first began to circulate in the early 90’s, in the form of photocopied 'zines made in his bedroom as a young teenager His magical work visually transports the viewer into another world and is made even more engaging by the manner in which it is exhibited. Dense, frenzied installations encourage joyful exploration and viewer participation. He has been widely exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Brazil and Tokyo, and has been featured in numerous publications inlcuding Kramers Ergot,Juxtapoz, & Giant Robot.     

 

Marpha Foundation

 

PROJECT PARTNERS 

Marpha Foundation is a Nepali NGO founded in 2014 in response to the need for improved local education for families in Nepal’s Mustang District. Their participant centered programs include a village kindergarten, community libraries, and extracurricular classes incorporating English language, the arts and ecology. Marpha Foundation engages groups from the Panchgaon villages of Lower Mustang in a spirit of learning and mutual respect that honors the knowledge and wisdom held in these communities. The Foundation offers accessible programming where students, families and teachers can critically engage and explore alternative ways of learning through inquiry, experience and reflection.

To learn more about Marpha Foundation and the extraordinary work they are doing please visit :​

The Siddhartha Arts Foundation


The Patan Museum was inaugurated in 1997 by Late King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah and is considered one of the premiere art museums in Asia. The incredible space is Nepal’s first self- sustainable  museum and the home of  traditional sacred arts. The treasures are displayed in an illustrious architectural setting that was once  an old residential court of Patan Darbar, one of the royal palaces of former Malla Kings of the Kathmandu Valley. Gilded doors and windows face one of the most beautiful squares in the world where visitors can lose themselves in a setting that blends ancient with modern and gives a glimpse into a historic past.  Thanks to the Patan Museum and our friends at The Siddhartha Art Foundation, the visiting artists will be able to learn from and contribute to this beautiful space and its history while also connecting with the people of Patan through a panel discussion that will highlight the importance of environmental conservation, communication and activism through visual art.​

 

For additional information about The Patan Museum please visit  :

 

The Patan Museum

The Siddhartha Arts Foundation rightfully sits at the center of Contemporary Art in Kathmandu. The Foundation functions in multiple capacities that support local creators and help shape the landscape of Contemporary Art in the region. We are honored and grateful for the chance to collaborate with Sangeeta Thapa and her team during our time in Kathmandu. Please visit the links below to learn more about the Siddhartha Arts Foundation and their extensive creative efforts: 

THE EDUCATION INITIATIVE

A partnership between the Siddhartha Arts Foundation and Centre for Culture and Development, Denmark. It aims to train art managers, curators and art critics to build a thriving art capital and support the growth of Nepali contemporary art practices. 
 

THE SIDDHARTHA ART GALLERY

Is an invaluable institution that has been producing and presenting art exhibitions and creative projects for well over twenty years. The Gallery has helped build the local art scene, supported international exchange, assisted in environmental relief endeavors, and addressed many socio-cultural and political issues, as it believes that art can play a significant role in shaping national and international perceptions. The Siddhartha Art Gallery much more that an exhibition space, it is an artistic epicenter that has a conscience and is committed to social responsibility. 

KATHMANDU CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER

Nepal’s first International Contemporary Arts Centre. The space was inaugurated in In 2010 with Sangeeta Thapa, The Founding Director of The Siddhartha Arts Foundation as its co-Founder. The KCAC has hosted exhibitions, workshops and symposia and has provided bursaries to emerging Nepali artists. The art reference library is the largest of its kind in Nepal, with more than 5,000 books thanks to major gifts from Tate Britain and many private donors. In 2011 KCAC was invited to move to a building in the garden of the Patan Museum. They officially opened in March 2012 with two international exhibitions supported by the Bronx Museum and the Elsa Peretti Foundation.
 

KATHMANDU TRIENNIALE

The Kathmandu Trienniale was born out of the first two editions of KIAF (Kathmandu International Arts Festival) . The festivals were the largest non profit art exhibitions held in South Asia and were widely received as landmark events. 2017 marked the transformation of KIAF into the first Triennial of Contemporary Art in Kathmandu. The event was built on the strengths of the past Festivals and reworked to maximize the cultural impact and establish a distinguished Nepali voice in global arts through consistent and critical programs. Exhibtions, educational outreach programs and interactive events throughout the city created an unforgettable first edition that left the city eager for the Trienniale’s return in 2020.

 

To learn more about Siddhartha Arts Foundation please visit : ​

Siddhartha Arts Foundation

The Siddhartha Arts Foundation rightfully sits at the center of Contemporary Art in Kathmandu. The Foundation functions in multiple capacities that support local creators and help shape the landscape of Contemporary Art in the region. We are honored and grateful for the chance to collaborate with Sangeeta Thapa and her team during our time in Kathmandu. Please visit the links below to learn more about the Siddhartha Arts Foundation and their extensive creative efforts: 

THE EDUCATION INITIATIVE

A partnership between the Siddhartha Arts Foundation and Centre for Culture and Development, Denmark. It aims to train art managers, curators and art critics to build a thriving art capital and support the growth of Nepali contemporary art practices. 
 

THE SIDDHARTHA ART GALLERY

Is an invaluable institution that has been producing and presenting art exhibitions and creative projects for well over twenty years. The Gallery has helped build the local art scene, supported international exchange, assisted in environmental relief endeavors, and addressed many socio-cultural and political issues, as it believes that art can play a significant role in shaping national and international perceptions. The Siddhartha Art Gallery much more that an exhibition space, it is an artistic epicenter that has a conscience and is committed to social responsibility. 

KATHMANDU CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER

Nepal’s first International Contemporary Arts Centre. The space was inaugurated in In 2010 with Sangeeta Thapa, The Founding Director of The Siddhartha Arts Foundation as its co-Founder. The KCAC has hosted exhibitions, workshops and symposia and has provided bursaries to emerging Nepali artists. The art reference library is the largest of its kind in Nepal, with more than 5,000 books thanks to major gifts from Tate Britain and many private donors. In 2011 KCAC was invited to move to a building in the garden of the Patan Museum. They officially opened in March 2012 with two international exhibitions supported by the Bronx Museum and the Elsa Peretti Foundation.
 

KATHMANDU TRIENNIALE

The Kathmandu Trienniale was born out of the first two editions of KIAF (Kathmandu International Arts Festival) . The festivals were the largest non profit art exhibitions held in South Asia and were widely received as landmark events. 2017 marked the transformation of KIAF into the first Triennial of Contemporary Art in Kathmandu. The event was built on the strengths of the past Festivals and reworked to maximize the cultural impact and establish a distinguished Nepali voice in global arts through consistent and critical programs. Exhibtions, educational outreach programs and interactive events throughout the city created an unforgettable first edition that left the city eager for the Trienniale’s return in 2020.

 

To learn more about Siddhartha Arts Foundation please visit : ​

The Patan Museum


The Patan Museum was inaugurated in 1997 by Late King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah and is considered one of the premiere art museums in Asia. The incredible space is Nepal’s first self- sustainable  museum and the home of  traditional sacred arts. The treasures are displayed in an illustrious architectural setting that was once  an old residential court of Patan Darbar, one of the royal palaces of former Malla Kings of the Kathmandu Valley. Gilded doors and windows face one of the most beautiful squares in the world where visitors can fully lose themselves in a setting that blends  ancient with modern and gives a glimpse into a historic past.  Thanks to the Patan Museum and our friends at The Siddhartha Art Foundation, the visiting artists will be able to learn from and contribute to this beautiful space and its history while also connecting with the people of Patan through a panel discussion that will highlight the importance of environmental conservation, communication and activism through visual art.​

 

For additional information about The Patan Museum please visit  :

 

Photos courtesy of Marpha Foundation