The Siddhartha Arts Foundation in Kathmandu, Nepal, has announced that it will host the inaugural edition of the Kathmandu Triennale, which will kick off on March 24, 2017.
Curated by Philippe Van Cauteren, artistic director of SMAK at Ghent in Belgium, the triennial will invite more than fifty artists from twenty-five countries to participate. Titled “My City, My Studio/My City, My Life,” the first exhibition will build off the success of the Kathmandu International Art Festival that was held between 2009 and 2012. It will address the relationship between art and the city and will be dedicated to the victims of the earthquakes of April 25 and May 12, 2015, that killed more than eight thousand people.
Commenting on the theme, Van Cauteren said, “The city is much like a container in which, through random ways, direct and indirect, history, habits, and traditions are preserved. The sociocultural texture of the place; colors and odors; the past, the present and the future; stories’ facts and fiction—all of it activated in the same. The artist thus will aim to be an urban archaeologist who digs from the city these elements, which can serve as core threads in their artistic practice.”
The triennial will also feature workshops, master classes, and outreach programs. In addition, curator Veerangana Kumari Solanki Jamwal will organize an international colloquium.