I still see that old house of ours in my dream, 2017
With this installation the artist brings tribute to her grandmother. Through objects, personal photographs and sound recordings Sheelasha Rajbandari digs into the past, and sometimes forgotten history of her city through the personal stories and collected memories of her grandmother. The work is characterized by its intimacy and personal layers. Miniature objects and stories written on photographs form together with a sound recording, the core of this work.
Sheelasha Rajbhandari is a visual artist based in Kathmandu. Her mixed media installations explore the parallel - yet, often contradictory - existence of traditional beliefs and historic ideas with contemporary events and evolving lifestyles. She is interested in comparing her own emotions and opinions with existing collective values through dialogues with members of different communities. Her artworks usually juxtapose these contradictions and attempt to synthesise the knowledge and experiences that result from these varied discourses. Rajbhandari is very careful about choosing materials and methods that align with her conceptual framework. She prefers mediums and material that add meaning to ideas and have their own significance.
Sheelasha Rajbhandari completed her MFA from Tribuwan University’s Center Department of Fine Arts in 2014 after receiving her BFA from Kathmandu University’s Center for Art and Design in 2010. Rajbhandari is a co-founder of the artist collective, Artree Nepal, which was established in 2013 . She worked as an instructor of Sculpture at Lalit Kala Campus, Tribhuvan University from 2012 to 2014.
Her artwork was exhibited as part of "Parallel Realities" show at Moesgaard Museum of Denmark in 2016. That same year, she was also selected for the “Asia Contemporary Exhibition” at Jeonbuk Mesuem in Korea. She was represented by Nepal Art Council for the India Art Fair in 2016. In 2014, she was nominated for the Signature Art Prize organized by the Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation in Singapore. That same year, Rajbhandari was selected for Abhisaran, Vijaynagar Art Residency, organized by JSW Foundation, India. She has also exhibited with Asian Art Biennale (Bangladesh, 2010). In 2013, she was invited by The Center for culture and Development, Denmark (CKU) to participate in the Images Festival. She was also selected for the second Kathmandu International Arts Festival that took place in 2012. Her solo show, “In -Between Uncommon Factors” was held at the Nepal Arts Council in 2010.
Sheelasha Rajbhandari will be presenting her work in Kathmandu Triennial 2017 as one of the selected artists. She is also one of the six featured artists in the Built /Unbuilt:Home /City Community Art Project organized by Qatar and Nepal.