In Between

This installation was created for Kathmandu Triennale, 2017 which had the theme ‘My City, My Studio’. Modeled after the Rato Machhindranath chariot, which is created every year by the Newars of Patan as part of a one-month long festival. Wood and straw are used during this religious festival but the artist used metal rods and wires to express how modernity has seeped into cultural spaces and practices in Kathmandu. The three-part installation was placed separately, one on each floor inside Nepal Art Council. The artist pays tribute to the beauty of an ancient tradition with this contemporary take. The installation also symbolizes the evolution of Kathmandu as a modern city and its inhabitants who constantly sway like a pendulum between culture and modernity. The work subtly poses a question: how do we resolve this in the future?