Artudio in collaboration with US Embassy organizes Street Art Project in Nepal
December 9, 2022 06:45 PM NPT
By: Bijaya Rai
KATHMANDU, Dec 9: With the collaboration with the US Embassy in Nepal, Artudio has organized Street Art Project 2022 focusing on the theme of social inclusion and equality.
Artudio intends to wield street art forms to celebrate and inspire voices of the minority and socially excluded communities in Nepal, combining cross-cultural exchange, research, workshops, public discourses, and publication.
The main objective of the project is to showcase the creative potential of graffiti art to inspire social change and establish critical public dialogue on key issues of inclusion and equity. The project also aims at promoting collaboration and introspection among Nepali artists on the transformative power of art and creating a platform for underrepresented artists to reach new policymakers, according to the organizer.
Among other things, the project seeks to promote collaboration and introspection among Nepali artists on the transformative power of art and create a platform for underrepresented artists to reach new policymakers.
In the first phase, the Artudio issued an open call to Nepali artists to submit concepts for a collaboration with distinguished mural artists from the United States. In the Live Art Showcase on November 28, a total of 10 shortlisted artists were invited to paint their art concepts to inspire important discussions on social inclusion and equity at Lalitpur Municipality Office Garden and later showcased their artwork.
In the second phase, four shortlisted artists Khem Bahadur Palpali (Sindhuli), Manisha Shah (Sarlahi), Sudeep Balla (Bhaktapur), and Kiran Maharjan (Lalitpur) engaged in various curatorial interventions including collaborative pop-up murals with 23 folk Mithila artists in Janakpur along with renowned USA graffiti/street artist Man One. Finally, the four Nepali artists, along with Man One, collaborated in the completion of the Ekata (Unity) mural.
The street art project is curated by Contemporary Artist and Founder of Artudio Kailash K Shrestha.