I have to feed myself, my family and my country, 2017
Hitman Gurung is an artist who’s work takes an engaged and activist position. He uses his art to bring to light social problems dealing with migration and discrimination. For him art is only meaningful when the aesthetic relates to the ethical. For Kathmandu Triennale the artist creates an installation consisting of a series of small drawings (in light boxes) and two coffins. The conditions of the workers going to Qatar or to the Middle East and other destinations are questioned. In this work the artist spans a scope from the fate of anonymous workers in relation to their contribution to the economy of the country.
Hit Man Gurung is a multimedia artist based in Kathmandu. His body of work is a direct response to some of the most pressing socio-political issues of the country. Most of Hit Man’s artwork addresses mass migration and haphazard urban development, aspects that are consequences of the ten year Maoist civil war and a reflection of an unstable, apathetic government. Deeply concerned about the impact of these larger forces on individuals, communities and societies, Hit Man infuses his paintings, documentary photo collage and installation work with political conviction and personal poetry.
His recent series of work deals with Nepali migrant laborers who leave their families and country to join transitory work forces in foreign countries. International migration has increased exponentially since the civil war, causing disconnections between generations and altering structures of towns and villages. This trend has had a direct impact on traditional knowledge chains and local economies. These series highlight both the ensuing emotional landscape and the altered socio-economic realities.
Hit Man Gurung was born in 1986 in Nepal’s Lamjung district. He completed his M.F.A. from Tribhuwan University’s Central Department of Fine Arts in 2012. Gurung was selected for the first Yinchuan Biennial 2016, hosted by the Yinchuan Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA,
Yinchuan) in China. He was also the featured artist at Moesgaard Museum of Denmark in 2016. In addition, his work was exhibited as part of “Afterwork” at Para Site Art Center, Hong Kong. Gurung was also selected for the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8) in Brisbane, Australia. He was represented by Nepal Art Council, Nepal and Blueprint12 Gallery, India for India Art Fair, 2016. Most recently, his work was exhibited as part of “Mining Warm Data” curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt at Dhaka Art Summit, 2016.
In 2014, Gurung was nominated for the Signature Art Prize organized by the Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation in Singapore. That same year, he participated in the second Dhaka Art Summit, represented by Siddhartha Art Gallery. In 2013, Gurung was invited by The Center for Culture Development, Denmark (CKU) at Images Festival. That year, he was also selected for an International Artists Residency granted by the city of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs. He was one of the selected artists for the second Kathmandu International Arts Festival which was held in 2012. Gurung is a co-founder of the artist collective, Artree Nepal.