Resarch

For and alongside preparations for Kathmandu Triennale is the multitude of research work done by the curatorial team and the artists.

As part of the curation and preparation for Kathmandu Triennale 2077, there have been extensive research avenues taken by the curatorial team. Below you will find notes and summaries from the various trips, meetings and studio visits that the team have undertaken so far.

LAMJUNG

In the spring of 2019, our Curatorial team and Director were in the Lamjung district of Nepal on a research trip. The purpose was to learn, better understand and bring back with them a more robust knowledge on traditional and contemporary Gurung cultures, art practices, and local socio-politics.

Lamjung lies in the mid-hills of Nepal, spanning tropical to trans-Himalayan geo-ecological belts. It is home to a mixed population of castes and ethnicities, of which it is believed to host the highest density of Gurung ethnic peoples in the country. The Kathmandu Triennale team visited a number of Gurung villages while in the district, including Ghale Gaun, Ghanpokhara, and Bhujung.

The visit took them to textile practitioners, who hand-weave rugs, bhakku (thick cloth often used to sew cold-climate clothes) and other materials from sheep’s wool, and also to those who work with bamboo to create various useable objects. These practices were particularly thriving in Bhujung, one of the larger villages, who are still able to actively preserve and continue their cultures and traditions of making.

In Ghale Gaun, they attended the launch of a manuscript of Gyapre oral tradition used during special rituals and occasions of Gurung Bon practice, visited a newly constructed Khoebo Dhi - a sacred and community space for Bon religion, and toured the collection at the Gurung Community Museum.

Many thanks to: Mina Gurung (Director, Radio Marsyangdi 95 MHZ, Besishahar), Prem Bahadur Ghale (President, Kwholasothar Rural Municipality), Gami Gurung (Executive member, Kwholasothar Rural Municipality).

All through the trip, they met many social workers, village leaders, teachers and friends, new and old. Lamjung is also Co-Curator Hit Man Gurung’s hometown.

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