Though the world didn’t end on 21 December, the Kathmandu
International Art Festival did, having possibly changed forever the way Nepal perceives contemporary art. The space given over to three-dimensional, site-specific, and video installations as well as performances in the festival was unprecedented for the new republic!
“хроника” , UBA Bulletin, January 1
Read here: UBA Buletin 01.01.2013……………….
Note: It’s in Bulagarian!
The Kathmandu International Art Festival – known to the arterattis simply as ‘Artmandu’ – is the largest international art event in Nepal. Each edition of the festival has a particular theme – this year it’s art for a social cause. Artists from 31 countries explore issues such as ecological systems, urbanization, water conservation, natural resources and biodiversity through their works, which range from paintings to documentaries to photography and mixed media.
…Pala Pothupitiye has been selected to participate from Sri Lanka. The Kathmandu International Art Festival is the largest international art event held in Nepal and will be held as a nonprofit, noncommercial festival every three years by the Siddhartha Arts Foundation…
The artworks in the exhibition span a wide range and were mostly created specifically for Earth Body Mind and some are even site specific – like the gigantic “Naga,” or serpent, at the zoo constructed from salvaged plastic bags by the Cambodian Leang Seckon, and Dutch artist Maria Roosen’s luminous golden blobs of glass mushrooming from a felled tree trunk resting in the central courtyard of a 17th-century palace. But as I hopped from one venue to the next, I was struck by the persistence of painting as a mode. Surrounded by
evocative installations and provocative video loops, paintings bloomed on unexpected surfaces — a wallflower next to a eye-grabbing 3D installation — but remained resilient in their authenticity.
Read more here: Blouin Art Info – 30.11.12
Artists from 31 countries explore issues such as urbanisation, water,
ecology, food security, natural resources, and biodiversity that have been
impacted by environmental degradation and climate change.
…A new exhibition in Nepal is inspiring change through creativity.
The exhibition seeks to bring together artists from 31 different countries and wants to highlight climate issues through
Watch more here: www.aljazeera.com/video/asia/2012/12/2012122121948826304.html
“Currently contemporary artist Adeel uz Zafar is busy making his mark internationally with mega paintings of subversive toy world imagery in his signature scratch technique.”
“The Kathmandu International Art Festival is kicking up a storm in the city…”
“A brief retelling of her efforts to materialize an art festival of this scale in the country was enough to convince us of her travails.”-Writer on Sangeeta Thapa’s speech.
Read more here: http://blog.frieze.com/kathmandu-international-art-festival/
The following article is taken frm the national daily, Nagarik, and it talks about the Australian artist, Michelle Hall’s installation in the festival.
“…Basilliat’s photo exhibition brings to Nepal rare an evocative photographs of Brazil’s indigenous people…”
“he Festival, one of the biggest art events of South Asia, is a triennial that will raise one critical social concern in each of its editions, with the intention of using art as a tool for social change.”
Here the article talk about the festival core reasons and aims along with the medium it plans to carry. Furthermore, it quotes several of our artists thoughts about the festival and also on their experience.
This article takes its readers back to the past events that happened through out the first two week sof the festival. With detail descriptions of events and artworks, the article talk about several of our KIAF artists such as US-based Nepali artist Jyoti Duwadi,who unveiled his Melting Ice, the Mongolian Nomad Wave, Cambodian Lean Seckong’s “Naga” in teh Central Zoo, Roland Graf,who represented Assocreation and UK’s Gaynor O’Flynn.
The writer talks about how KIAF has chosen and utilized the locations around the Kathmandu valley. The articles sums up a week long visit of the writer to our KIAF locations talks about certain artworks and their relevance to location.
Here’s the link for the article: http://www.ekantipur.com/saturday/2012/12/07/features/kiaf-roundup/242584.html
“…The people of Susta, communities that have long relied on agriculture as a mainstay, and already struggling with poverty, now find themselves not only ensconced in larger-than-life political disputes that could very well drag on forever, but displaced and confused, having lost their lands to the Narayani. “How many battles must we fight?” asks Laila Begum, a local…”
The article talks about our festival’s Art Symposiums that were held from November 26 to 28 at various venues around the Capital.
The article is maily about the art symposiums that took place during the festival.
The English national daily has published this article which talks about the visual art presented by the British artist, Gaynor O’Flynn with the participants of her Being Human Masterclass. Similarly, the article focuses on the various art showcases in the Patan Museum.
A feature on our Nepali women artists.
With the brief description of the festival, the article focuses on the three venues: Nepal Art Council, Bbarmahaal & Metro Park , Uttar Dhoka, and also provides the readers with the list of artists who will be showcasing their artworks at the very venues.
For more information: Read more at: http://myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=45698
The article talk s about the first week of the festival, including the artworks showcased at the Nepal Art Council.
Read More here: Artmandu – Nepali Times
“International Medium of ART”; Kantipur, November 27
Another coverage about the overview of our festival in Nepali national daily.
This nepali daily article feature is about the ‘Naag’ installation of the Cambodian artist, Leang Seckon being displayed in the Central Zoo pond.
Another national daily’s take on out inaugration!
This article briefly talks about our Day 1 artists. Apart from the artist, it also mentions their artworks theme.
For more information: http://www.ekantipur.com/the-kathmandu-post/2012/11/25/et-cetera/kathmandu-international-art-festival-2012/242115.html
Aakar Post, a blog started by Anil P. Ghimire popularly known as Aakar Anil, from August 19, 2007 from aakarpost.com and powered by Google‘s Blogger.com. Aakarpost.com recently featured the Biggest Art event happening in Nepal including the #beinghuman Interactive Art Event.
Read more at: http://www.aakarpost.com/2012/11/biggest-art-event-in-kathmandu-beinghuman.html
Heres the link: http://welcomenepal.com/promotional/events/
For more information: http://www.ekantipur.com/saturday/2012/11/16/features/earthbodymind/241769.html
My excitement gets even stronger as I cross those colourful posters decorating the walls of valley and that holds my attention. I realized that Artist Gaynor O’Flynn, director of the being human collective- an award winning group of artists, musicians, technologists & film makers and a multi media artist who had previously worked with Bjork, Nirvana, Germaine Greer & The Dalai Lama, has been invited to create two unique new works for Kathmandu International Art Festival 2012. What else could make the event more fun-filled than this?
Nepali Times covered us and the articles gives a brief overview of the artists and the venues where their works will be showcased.
For more information : http://www.nepalitimes.com/issue/2012/11/16/LifeTimes/19783#.UKtXG1Iw-7u
This article revolves around an interview with the Thai artist, Sarawut Chutiwongpeti where he explains his source of inspiration and about his artworks. The artist will be working with Everest junk for his installation which will be showcased during the festival
An old story from Republica about our crowd-funding campaign which features us!
Read more at: http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=44181
Our coverage in TEXASNEPAL!
Read more HERE: http://texasnepal.com/news/kiaf-getting-art-into-action
“A Novel Spectacle”
Another article on our KIAF!
“Crowd-funding Nepali ideas”, Republica, Oct 31
Story on crowd-funding efforts in Nepal. KIAF’s Communications Coordinator Nischal Oli talks to Republica about crowd-funding the festival, and challenges of maintain such campaigns…
Read more here: http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=44181
“Connecting through art”, The Kathmandu Post, OCT 26
Here the article gives an brief introduction to our festival and the artists who will be showcasing their works in the festival.
Have a little read! http://www.ekantipur.com/saturday/2012/10/26/features/connecting-through-art/241084.html#.UIuHY5EIVqo.facebook
“Visions of an ebbing world”, The Kathmandu Post, OCT 05
The article in the following link is generally a birds eye view about the national and the international photographers who will be showcasing their work in the festivals. In fact, the article includes brief introductions to the photographer’s intentions and perceptions towards the theme of their works.
Spaces Magazine, October Issue
Announcement of the Festival
Hameen Sanomat, Finland
The article is about KIAF artist Juha Rouhikoski , who is an light-art installation artist.
NOTE: It’s in Finnish!
“A changing planet”, The Kathmandu Post, Thursday, Sep 13, 2012:
The article examines how KIAF 2012 has chosen to take a look at how art can find a way of expressing concern over climate change and its consequences. It also discusses how different artworks from artists ranging from countries like Brazil, Cambodia, Nepal and 28 other countries will be part of the festival, with the theme ‘Earth, Body, Mind’. It also explores the responsibilities we, as humans, must take up for the environmental costs of our actions.
For more please visit: http://ekantipur.com/saturday/2012/09/07/kathmandu-kathmandu/a-changing-planet/239365.html
“Kathmandu festival opens climate change file“, Albayan.ae (Online Magazine),2 September 2012
The article talks about the festival in general, the venues where the artworks will be housed and the range of art involved such as media,modern art, sculpture,happenings, performing arts and many more. Furthermore, it also encourages the participation of young students in Nepal for this festival!
For more please visit: http://www.albayan.ae/five-senses/culture/2012-09-02-1.1718734
“Taking Charge”, BrownBook.me, September 2012
The article explains how the festival aims to advocate the need for the Nepali art community to come together and start thinking on the global level. It includes information that Earth|Body|Mind will include 89 artworks, 11 performances and 101 artists from 31 different countries.Seminars, performances, guided tours, screenings, gatherings and many more activities have been also been organised for the four-week span of the festival. Along with presenting their artwork, the article also mentions that KIAF has secured residencies for several artists to urge them to use Nepal as inspiration for personal works.
For more please visit : http://www.brownbook.me/taking-charge/
“Kathmandu to host KIAF in November 2012″, ArtNepal.net, 26 August 2011
An interview of Siddhartha Arts Foundation, Director, Sangeeta Thapa and festival coordinator Sharareh Bajracharya about the festival being the largest exhibition dedicated to climate change. It also highlights the festival’s aim of developing and promoting arts in the Nepalese society along with discussing the artists, their artworks and their experiences.
For more please visit : http://artnepal.net/kiaf_interview
“International Art Fest from Nov 25″, The Himalayan Times, 11 August 2012
This article discusses the artists and the artworks that will be represented by the 2nd KIAF. It also mentions how a prestigious committee reviewed and selected the works for the festival where the selection was based on artwork aesthetics, research, environmental sustainable installation process, critical thinking and overall impact of the work.
Furthermore, the article talks about ‘Hamro Cycle Yatra’ and “medical camp” which were organized in collaboration with Volunteer’s For Change to honour garbage collectors of Kathmandu as most immediate environmental heroes on August 11.Moreover, Literary Jatra will also be taking place during the 2nd KIAF.
“Making an Impression”, Fr!day, 8 August 2012
The article covers one of our KIAF Artist Saurganga Darshandhari’s approach to printmaking.
“2nd Kathmandu International Art Festival to be held”, Republica, 8 August 2012
The article mentions how the 2nd KIAF is by far the largest art exhibition dedicated to climate change adding that Nepal is almost the largest storage of ice, leaving no choice but to take lead in this issue. It includes statements about how art can be a tool to raise awareness about what they can do on a personal level to stop environmental degradation.
For more please visit: http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=39383
“An international festival of arts”, Kathmandu Post(et cetera), 8 August 2012
The article talks about the three day symposium, the 11 performances by national and international artists, a Pecha Kucha night as well as guided tours of exhibitions that are to take place simultaneously in nine venues spread across the Capital. KIAF’s fundraising campaign “Kickstarter” is also mentioned!
For more please visit: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P3-2730479121.html
“Nepalese festival to present contemporary Iranian art”, Press TV,Fri Jun 15, 2012 12:40PM GMT
The article is on Hojat Amani, one of the 3 Iranian artists who is planning to display his performance art titled A Requiem for the Earth, which is a combination of the folk music of the Iranian region of Lorestan with the mourning rites common in the west of the country.
For more please visit: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/06/15/246329/nepalese-festival-to-present-iranian-art/
“Striving For A Century”, Fr!day, 4th July 2012
The articleis a series of questions and answers about our own KIAF artist, Hitman Gurung’s ongoing projeacts and his achievements. Furthermore, it also features the artwork he has been working on for the festival.
“Hojat Amani invited to Nepalese festival”, Tehran Times, 13 June 2012
Another article about our Iranian artist Hojat Amani and his artowk entitled ” A Requiem for the Earth”.
For more please visit : http://www.tehrantimes.com/arts-and-culture/98714-hojat-amani-invited-to-nepalese-festival
“The second edition of Kathmandu International Art Festival” , ArtMap, 11th February 2012
The article explores art as a tool of outreach which can play a crucial role to educate, inspire and unite people .
For more please visit: http://www.artmap.tv/news_detail.aspx?id=1099