This installation explores the anthropogenic alterations of Kathmandu’s landscape. Maharjan comes from a lineage of farmers, a profession intertwined with shifts in seasons. Since the second half of the 20th century, urbanization – with its allure of progress – and the unprecedented loss of workable land in the Kathmandu Valley has led many to abandon their agricultural past. Yet some, like Maharjan’s mother, nostalgically tend to small gardens on their terraces in Kathmandu, a diminutive reminder of the much larger-scale cultivation that once took place here. The juxtaposition of wheat stalks rising from ferrous pillars mirrors the paradoxical reality of contemporary urban life. While we continue to rely on colossal food production cycles, we are furthermore alienated from those very processes of sustenance.
Commissioned for Kathmandu Triennale 2077.