Sujan Dangol – kathmandu triennale

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If we don’t know where we come from, we don’t know where we are going, 2017

Sujan Dangol has been meeting and talking with refugees months prior to the opening of the Triennale. This video is the result of a collaboration between the artist and a group of urban refugees living in Kathmandu Valley. The video is straightforward and simply a recording of the game ‘musical chairs.’ This ‘performance’ by actual refugees functions as a metaphor for the harsh fate that they have been and are forced to go through. This banal, playful game makes us think about the lives of others who are living around us.


Sujan Dangol (b. 1981) is an artist who likes to work on projects involving the community and was one of the artists involved in CAFE in Asia project, where Nepali and Korean artists collaborated to make a three-dimensional Ganesh out of cardboard boxes. He believes that real art is all about attitude. It is a metaphor that reflects everything that is happening around the artist.

Sujan is currently pursuing his master’s degree in painting, and is planning a solo exhibition soon.

He is working on the subject of urban refugees for the Triennale and will be supported by UNHCR.