The Lunch

History of human civilization shows that vulnerable-helpless people are always suppressed by the group/people who want to be in the center of power with the backing of so-called socio-cultural, political and religious faith as a neo civilization. Those who are ready to sacrifice their original socio-cultural and religious values, are allowed to be alive for neo civilization.

The voices raised against the neo civilization will cruelly be squeezed and their identity will be scattered in the name of so-called civilization, socio-cultural values and religion.

The assembly of minds in the affluent ground

They consistently will be sliced

Dumped on a chopping board of religion, culture and civilization

Will be chopped into pieces.

The voices that scream for freedom and self-existence will cruelly be squeezed

You will be torn into pieces

I will also be torn

We all will be in shreds.

Our identity will be scattered in a lifeless desert

Hitler’s’ monstrous hands, that once dismayed history

Will again clutch us perpetually

Once again by the command of Stalains

The ugly hands of fascist will wipe out our existence.

The razor-sharp teeth of the devious beast will rip off our flesh apart

We will be lined up for the sake of human existence

And be turned into ugly mannequins

In order to design yet another game

Of assumed human civilization

We may not agree with this mannequin civilization

Scarecrows will be erected in our yards to frighten us

By the new Hitlers and Stalins

They will turn us into mannequin beings

In the pages of history

Our existence will be portrayed as the era of mannequin beings

We will once again try to etch our identity in the bleak walls of the Ajanta.

The DaVincis will carry on preparing for the last supper

And Picasso will born again

The Guernica will be recreated

But all this will happen in an imaginary folk tale

Because this time the dark caves of Ajanta

Will be turned into the ruins of Nagasaki and Hiroshima

And even the fetus of DaVincis and Picasso will be slaughtered.

Traditional Nepali Mask parade

The wall

Osaka University Arts Festival: Memory, Democracy, and Identity III

Artist in Residence Program 2015-2016

Osaka, Japan

Date: 16 Jan. 2016

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Home away Home

Osaka University Arts Festival: Memory, Democracy, and Identity III

Artist in Residence Program 2015-2016

Osaka, Japan

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“Home away Home” is the project, which is designed in periphery of the journey of Rickshaw. The word “Rickshaw” derives from Japanese word “Jin Riki Sha”, which means literally man-powered vehicle. The name was originally given to the hand-pulled rickshaws, but now it applies to the cycle-rickshaws of Nepal, Bangladesh and India as well.

Jin Riki Sha was invented in the middle of 19th century in Japan. In south Asia Jin Riki Sha is called Tana rickshaw. By the Second World War, Jin Riki Sha (Tana rickshaw) became very popular as easiest and cheapest transportation in the different urban cities of the world. Day-by-day lots of changes / development make it more comfortable and stylish. During the middle of the 20th century, it was moving in the big urban cities as well as small towns of the Asia as important part of human civilization.

in 1929, cycle rickshaw was introduced in Asia and it slowly replaced the original Jin riki sha and from the end of 20th century ‘tana rickshaw / Jin Riki Sha’ disappeared from the main big cities of Asia. Now a day, we can only see the rickshaw (cycle ricksha) in Bangladesh, India and some parts of Nepal.

In Bangladesh, jin riki sha (tana Rickshaw) was introduced in 1919 and in 1938 cycle rickshaw was appeared in the capital city Dhaka. It was only after 1938 that rickshaw became the part of daily life of Bangladeshi people. In Bangladesh Rickshaw is established not only as the mean of transportation but also as an art (rickshaw culture). During 60’s and 70’s Bangladeshi Rickshaw art became world famous. Those days, rickshaw art played vital role in liberation war of Bangladesh. Till now rickshaw art of Bangladesh deal with national / international social, political issues and established as urban folk art.

Rickshaw artists have been doing lots of experiment in rickshaw art. In 80’s they installed sound in rickshaw and made disco rickshaw.

Though rickshaw culture was getting popular day by day in south Asia, rickshaw was totally disappeared from its origin, Japan.

This art project “Home way Home” is the small effort to bring jin riki sha (rickshaw) to its own origin/birth place after centuries’ long world journey.

2jin riki shaw (rikshaw) : miniature version: work in progress

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web rick shawplanning ; real size

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Kalajatra 2013 Agu. 20

Maitighar Mandala, Kathmandu

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Texture of Marpha

Melting Identity

Melting Identity, the socio-cultural & Eco-geological Identity threat:

(work selected for Kathmandu International Art Festival 2012: Earth │Body│Mind)

Medium/Materials: Mix (paraffin wax, plaster of paris, ambulance lights, traditional clay tub (atal), iron, sound etc.)

A human torso melts in the heat like a glacier. Cast with paraffin wax into the form of a candle, placed on a traditional lotus-shaped clay tub, and kept continuously lit during the exhibit, its shape changes day by day, like the shapes of melting Himalayan glaciers.  Other torsos hold ambulance lights, a symbol of the emergency situation of global warming and climate change.

This artwork aims to raise awareness of global warming and draw parallels between threats to the earth and threats to the socio-cultural and eco-geological identities of the people who inhabit it.

   

Growing crystals on a real human being

ART LAB! by Yoko Shimizu (Japan) collaboration with Jupiter Pradhan (Nepal)
Live Streaming: http://ustre.am/IeEV
Date: 17 June, 2012
Duration: 12 hr.
Space: Chandong Art Studio, Changdong, Seoul, S. Korea