Dialogue depth, 2017
Both artists started an ongoing exchange of drawingletters between Gent and Kathmandu. Their meeting is a questioning and understanding of each other’s identities through a series of drawings, photographs, objects. The exhibition space in Nepal Art Council is the studio of the artists where most of the work has been realized. Part of it is conceived as a space for presentation, part as an ongoing working place. The result is a an installation as a sequence of images, drawings and other media which gives an insight into the wonderful encounter between two artists from different cultural backgrounds.
Sanjeev Maharjan is a visual artist and art educator based in Kathmandu. Maharjan was born and raised in a family of farmers in Kathmandu. He is a co-founder of Drawing Room KTM, an artist-run studio and learning space and founding member of Srijanalaya, a nonprofit nongovernmental organization dedicated to alternative forms of art education in Nepal.
Maharjan's works are often inspired from his social surrounding, which he represents through drawing, painting, photography, installation and murals. Through his work, he wants people to wake up and notice what they would normally pass by.
He received his MFA from Tribhuvan University and BFA in 2009 from Kathmandu University. Maharjan has participated in numerous international and national exhibitions, art festivals, residencies and workshops in Netherland, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, India, Bangladesh and in Nepal. Few of his selected exhibition and residencies are Kathmandu Triennale- The City (2017), India Art Fair (Nepal Art Council Booth) 2017, Coup De Ville Triennale of Contemporary Art, Sint Niklaas, Belgium (2016), "Parallel Realities",Nepali artists between tradition and globalization, at the Moesgaard Museum, Aarhus, Denmark (2016), Camp-Hub, Post Earthquake Community based Art project, Thulo Byasi, Bhaktapur (2015), 1st and 2ndKathmandu International Art Festival (2009,2012), Photo Kathmandu Photo/Jazz residency curated by Philippe Van Cauteren (2015), Abhisaran-Vijayanagar Residency curated by Amit Jain (2014), Flooting Peers, Chittagong, Bangladesh (2013) and Kathmandu Contemporary Art Center residency(KCAC) (2010) . His solo exhibition was in 2009 “Portraits from The Shadow” at Siddhartha Art Gallery and in 2010 “Repeating Bodies” at KCAC.