Finding Survival and Triumph in Asia at Photo Kathmandu 2016

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Invisible Photographer Asia is most honoured and excited to be partnering Photo Kathmandu for their second edition to be held between 21 October and 3 November, 2016.

2016 marks 20 years since the start of the Maoist rebellion in Nepal. This war and its aftermath have left deep scars on many Nepali lives, and still affect the country at large. Last year, Nepal was hit by several horrific earthquakes, which killed over 8,000 people and left over 800,000 families homeless. Photo Kathmandu 2016 will examine how the human spirit overcomes conflict, disasters or personal challenges, and will present stories of survival and triumph from around Asia to the alleyways of Patan. The festival hopes this will be one of many ways through which the Nepali public will find the resolve to overcome adversities, and the inspiration to nurture new dreams.

Photo Kathmandu 2016 will host 12 print exhibitions, 7 slide-show nights, 14 artist talks, 6 workshops and a mixed-media residency that will bring artists together to respond to and converse with the historic city of Patan, where the festival will be anchored.

The artist residency will begin on 20th September and will host six artists to live and work together in Patan for four weeks and explore intersections between their various mediums and practices. This year’s selected artists in residency are: Arijit Bhattacharya (India), Catrine Val (Germany), Julia Schuster (UK), Daniel Arthur Panjwaneey (Pakistan), Rajan Shrestha (Nepal) and Shimul Saha (Bangladesh). Bangladeshi artist and curator Mahbubur Rahman, co-founder of Britto Arts Trust, will be the curator-in-residence.

The 12 print exhibitions presented by the festival this year include works by the following artists: Azadeh Akhlaghi (Iran), Jannatul Mawa (Bangladesh), Tasneem Alsultan (Saudi Arabia), Shikhar Bhattarai (Nepal), Bruce Owens (USA), Kim Hak (Cambodia), Arantxa Cedillo (Spain), Sandra Calligaro (France), and Ian Teh (UK/Malaysia) among others. The festival will also feature an exhibition featuring archival works from Nepal Picture Library and works by French projection artist Clément Briend.

The Moving Asia Slideshow Projections curated by Robert Godden will feature works by Emily Wabitsch (Germany), Ian McNaught Davis (South Africa), Kai Löffelbein (Germany), Kazuhiro Yokozeki (Japan), Kim Badawi (France), Mahesh Shantaram (India), Marco Valle (Italy), Prasiit Sthapit (Nepal), Sim Chi Yin (Singapore), Siniša Vlajković (Serbia), Tom White (United Kingdom), and Vincete Jaime Villafranca (Philippines).

The festival presents several workshops by local and visiting photo practitioners including Pablo Bartholomew (India), Lars Willumeit (Germany), Yann Mingard (Switzerland), Kishor Sharma (Nepal), Shikhar Bhattarai (Nepal), Kevin WY Lee (Singapore), Prawin Adhikari (Nepal), Kevin Bubriski (USA) and Patrick Witty (USA).

Support Photo Kathmandu in the final leg of Post-earthquake Nepal: Photography for Recovery.


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Photo Kathmandu is organised by was established in 2007 as a platform for photography in Nepal. Through workshops, publications, exhibitions and commissioned assignment work, strives to create opportunities for photographers to learn, exhibit, publish and market their work. Through its various activities and by bringing photographers and other visual storytellers together, aspires to nurture unique voices that document and engage with social change in Nepal. also runs Nepal Picture Library, Nepal’s first and only digital photo archive that strives to document an inclusive visual history of Nepal.

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