Art brings Kathmandu-Amsterdam closer

Bhadel was one of the participants in the group of fund raising exhibition ‘Art for Nepal Sculpting Possibilities’ on October 10 at Nepal Europe Art Center (NEAC), Chakupat. The exhibition also featured paintings of Sandhya Silwal, Laxman Bazra Lama, Sundar Lama, prints of Rabita Kisi, sculpture of Tejesh Man Shakya and Tej Ratna Shakya.

At SSBA Salon in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, works of Nepali and European artists — video installation, prints, paintings, sculpture, et cetera — were being exhibited on the same day with the same title. A total of six European and 10 Nepali artists participated in the exhibition held in Kathmandu and Amsterdam.

Skype connecting the artists/viewers from Amsterdam and Kathmandu was an interesting aspect of the exhibition. Though the artists were in Nepal, the viewers in the Netherlands were able to get the information directly from the artists here.

The exhibition ended with the performance act by Sundar Lama titled ‘Blade’. Based on day-to-day activities of a man, his act used props like hammer, blade, coat, tie and more. Lama’s theme for the performance was freedom and existence. The use of blade for him is a process through which one becomes clean so that one proceeds to the clarity in mind.

The exhibition was organised by NEAC in collaboration with Kalanest where they have a target to raise 20,000 Euros as per Tejesh Man Shakya, Chairperson of Kalanest. He added, “The amount will be utilised to restore historical monuments damaged by the April earthquake and also for the artist residency programmes.”

Meanwhile, Sudarshan Lama, NEAC, Founder/Treasurer expressed, “We are expanding Nepali art horizon from Nepal to other countries and this is the beginning. The artworks we selected from Nepal strongly reflect Nepal and Nepalis. And we are getting good response from the Netherlands.”