Sujan Chitrakar – kathmandu triennale

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Artwork Description

A(SON), 2017

Stories shape places and places foster stories. A place as old as Ason, in downtown Kathmandu, has an unending flow of events and memories. They play out around the gallis and chowks of Ason from generation to generation. The shops and homes, crumbling buildings and new structures, commerce and religion create a vibrant space. Happiness, hope and joy are layered over despair, displacement and sadness in the many told and untold stories that have settled down around Ason over time. Through a series of intimate conversations with fathers and sons, the artist anchors his work in Ason and through the space he is able to empathize with their personal experiences and the complexities of relationships. Within a patriarchal system, father and son relationships can be fraught, lacking in both compassion and conversation, but the presence of love cannot be denied. The artist captures the fragments of memories, stories, spaces, memorabilia and people that he has discovered over the time he has spent in Ason.

 

Biography

Sujan Chitrakar (b. 1974) is a Kathmandu based visual artist. He is an assistant professor and the Head of Center for Art and Design at Kathmandu University. He is also a recipient of the Fulbright Senior Scholar award 2013-14 for an artistic research project at the mural arts program of Philadelphia. He facilitated the Kathmandu International Art Festival – Earth | Body | Mind in 2012 as a creative and logistic consultant and also co-curated its first edition – Separating myths from the reality in 2009. He has several participations in international group exhibitions that include his representation for Nepal at Fukuoka Triennale 2005 and Colombo Art Biennale 2011. His solos include Utopian introspection! -random expressions within defined periphery, 2004, Masticated faces, 2004 and Let’s talk about art, baby!, 2010-11. He is one of the founding members of Sutra Nepal, an artist-led group pro-active during 2003-08.