Delayed Kathmandu Triennale to Open in February

The fourth edition of the Kathmandu Triennale, the opening of which was initially scheduled for December 2020 but postponed because Covid-19 has swept the world, will open on February 11. Presented by its organizers, the Nepalese Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and the Siddhartha Arts Foundation, as “the largest and most ambitious art project staged in the country to date”, the exhibition will last a month and will include works by more than a hundred artists representing some forty countries.

The event was launched in 2009 as a biennial addressing climate change and feminism; in 2017, it was reformatted into a triennial, its focus expanding to elevate the work of trans-Asian artists and the contemporary Nepalese art scene. The 2022 edition is curated by Nepalese artists and cultural organizers Hit Man Gurung and Sheelasha Rajbhandar, in collaboration with director Sharareh Bajracharya and artistic director Cosmin Costinas.

Entitled “Kathmandu Triennale 2077” (the name refers to the past year in the Nepalese Bikram Sambat calendar whose convergence with 2020 in the Gregorian calendar that the organizers cite as evocative of the spirit “of both a time cemented and stagnant and of a fluid and unpredictable variant ”), the event will take place in five different locations: the Patan Museum (occupying a former royal residence dating from the 14th century and now listed as a World Heritage Site). ‘UNESCO), Bahadur Shah Baithak (used centuries ago to house war elephants), the Nepal Art Council (one of the country’s largest art venues), the Taragaon Museum (which houses cultural artefacts and contemporary art) and the Siddhartha Art Gallery (showcasing Nepalese and international art).

A complete list of participating artists and collectives follows.

Pacita Abad (Philippines)
Artree Nepal + Urmila Gamwa Tharu (Nepal)
Korakrit Arunanondchai + Alex Gvojic (Thailand & USA)
Bal Krishna Banamala (Nepal)
Nyima Dorjee Bhotia (Nepal)
Mohamed Bourouissa (France)
Daniel Boyd (Australia)
Mircea Cantor (Romania)
Chan Kwok Yuen (Hong Kong)
Chang En Man (Taiwan)
Olga Chernysheva (Russia)
Chet Kumari Chitrakar (Nepal)
Lok Chitrakar (Nepal)
Mae Clark (United States)
Cian Dayrit (Philippines)
Dedron (Tibet)
Mireille Delice (Haiti)
Bachhi Devi (Nepal)
Palati Devi (Nepal)
Mary Dhapalany (Australia)
Patrick Di Massimo (Italy)
Mihaela Dragan (Romania)
Bijay Dutta Mani + Mira Devi Dutta + Priyanka Karna (Nepal)
Izmail Efimov (Russia)
Koken Ergun + Tashi Lama (Turkey & Nepal)
Naufus Ramirez Figueroa (Guatemala)
Irina Giri + Sonam Choekyi Lama + Keepa Maskey (Nepal)
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (France)
Julia Mage’au Gray (Australia)
Ion Grigorescu (Romania)
Dal Bahadur Gurung (Nepal)
Pooja Gurung + Bibhusan Basnet (Nepal)
Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe (Venezuela)
Hao Liang (China), Aziz Hazara (Afghanistan)
Nikau Hindin (New Zealand)
Andrew Thomas Huang (United States)
Hung Fai (Hong Kong)
Jivarama (Nepal)
Sudhira Karna (Nepal)
Karnali Arts Center (Nepal)
Shubha Kayastha + Deepti Silwal (Nepal)
Puran Khadka (Nepal)
Vvzela Kook (Hong Kong)
Pranika Koyu (Nepal)
Saccharin Krue-On (Thailand)
Gopal Kumal + Buddha Man Kumal + Dukharam Chaudhary + Sahadev Tharu + Chotu Tharu + Tulsi Ram Tharu (Nepal)
Emma Kunz (Switzerland)
LAB (India)
Lam Tung Pang (Hong Kong)
Chenda Monkey Lama (Nepal)
Chija Lama (Nepal)
Kabi Raj Lama (Nepal)
Pramila Lama (Nepal)
Liu Kuo-Sung (Hong Kong / Taiwan)
Sunita Maharjan (Nepal)
Ujjwala Maharjan (Nepal)
Youdhisthir Maharjan (Nepal)
Madhumala Mandal (Nepal)
Rebati Mandal (Nepal)
Krishna Manandhar (Nepal)
Britta Marakatt-Labba (Sweden)
Ana Mendieta (Cuba)
Pavel Mikushev (Russia)
JD ‘Okhai Ojeikere (Nigeria)
Uriel Orlow (Switzerland / United Kingdom)
Sanghari Sanskritik Pariwar (Nepal)
Thao Nguyen Phan (Vietnam)
Antonio Pichilla (Guatemala)
John Pule (New Zealand)
Komal Purbe (Nepal)
Bári Raklóri (alias Emilia Rigova) (Slovakia)
Ashmina Ranjit (Nepal)
Rosanna Raymond (New Zealand)
Joydeb Roaja (Nepal)
Zamthingla Ruivah (India)
Bhakta Bahadur Sarki (Nepal)
Citra Sasmita (Indonesia)
Jwala Shah (Sama) (Nepal)
Seema Sharma Shah (Nepal)
Shashi Bikram Shah (Nepal)
Uma Shankar Shah (Nepal)
Anil Shahi (Nepal)
Sherpa Urgen Dorje (Nepal)
Arhant Shrestha (Nepal)
Karan Shrestha (Nepal)
Shraddha Shrestha (Nepal)
Ekaram Singh (Nepal)
Simon Soon (Malaysia)
Bidhyaman Tamang (Nepal)
Subas Tamang (Nepal)
Alina Tamrakar (Nepal)
Katerina Teaiwa (Australia)
Manjula Thakur (Nepal)
Here Thami (Nepal)
Indu Tharu (Nepal)
Subash Thebe Limbu (Nepal)
Batsa Gopal Vaidya (Nepal)
Hitesh Vaidya (Nepal)
Mona Vătămanu + Florin Tudor (Romania)
Wai Pong Yu (Hong Kong)
Bo Wang + Pan Lu (Hong Kong)
Gyempo Wangchuk (Bhutan)
Brittney Leeanne Williams (United States)
Wing Po So (Hong Kong)
Sawangwongse Yawnghwe (Myanmar)
Trevor Yeung (Hong Kong)

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