Born and raised in Ramechhap before moving to Kathmandu, Tamang belongs to a generation of Nepalis who were uprooted from their villages. Over the latter half of the 20th century, many individuals from across Nepal migrated to cities in search of better opportunities. More recent movements to the Middle East and Southeast Asia have further left many villages bereft of youth. This installation ofers glimpses into a familiar yet distant world – of arthropods and pastures, of crops and ecosystems, of soil and memories that fnd little space in an urbanized world. Tamang challenges the audience to consider the notion that more room is needed to feed the concrete desires of the ever-speculative Nepali real estate market. As farms are transmogrifed into coveted land holdings, the extinction of insects continues, and our former relationship to land crumbles.
Commissioned for Kathmandu Triennale 2077.