Ashmina Ranjit, Visual Artist, Nepal

Nepal’s leading conceptual performance artist, Ashmina pushes the definitions of the post-modern in contemporary Nepali art—her in-your-face installation and performances constantly interrogates, challenge, and confront cultural stereotypes. Her art is an expression of her commitment as a social activist, as “artivism” where she locates herself self-consciously as a Third World artist, influenced to a certain degree by the cultural “otherness” that is embedded in her works. Her subjects are located within such cultural specificity of South Asia, so subversion of cultural stereotypes and politics of gender are critical expressions of her process-driven work. Using in a wide range of media—installation, performance, painting, printmaking, sound, and video—Ashmina’s works consistently engages with issues of sexuality, desire, her subversive subjects and presentations are aimed towards a viewing experience that is not entirely aesthetic but meant to evoke a distinct sense of unease as a reaction to such represented bodies. Her recent experimentation as political activism critically interrogate the issues of migration, dislocation, and cultural memory.

Dr. Dina Bangdel

Associate Professor of Art History

Virginia Commonwealth University

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feminine force…

… artist Ashmina Ranjit’s installations and performance are very blatant and ‘in-your-face’. The image (see Image 3) of Ashmina performing in a dress made of sanitary pads, from March 2010, made some of us gasp and most, guffaw. Ashmina Ranjit successfully draws attention to the act of menstruation in an attempt to eradicate the taboo associated with menstruation and menstruating women. A thin tube spews blood on the napkins one at a time, as Ashmina carefully folds and discards them in the trash bin. In a similar effort as seen in Image 4, Ashmina also creates an installation of a woman’s toilet by covering it entirely with sanitary napkins. It was interesting to note a woman from the participating audience comment on how the modern sanitary napkins not only reflect menstruation successfully but also the face of capitalism. The ultra-thin sanitary pads seen here are a modern replacement of the traditional cloth or cloth pads used by many. … …

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Call for Applications- Residency

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS The ‘Artist in Residency’ is a six-week research based program with the aim of portraying Nepal in a contemporary context, defying its prior stereotyped image. Artists will construct their works by studying either of the five cities inside the Kathmandu valley- Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur Kirtipur and Thimi. The residency will commence with a five-day ‘home-stay’ which will allow them to interact closely with local families and get a first hand insight of peoples’ lives in that particular community. Working outside their preferred comfort zone, the artists are challenged to think and react to unfamiliar environments. The rest of five weeks will be used for creating artwork at Lasanaa’s Live Art Hub @ premises of Martin Chautari, Thapathali. The current call is for the city of Bhaktapur, Patan & Kathmandu.

*Residency will be started from December 9, 2011.

TO APPLY, PLEASE SUBMIT:

  • § Application Form
    § Portfolio of work (8 -10 images of recent works)
    § A Personal statement of 200-500 words stating your interest and involvement in art and why you would want to participate in this program.

STIPEND: A nominal stipend will be given to participating artists along with art materials (canvas/paint)

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APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, November 20, 2011 by 5 PM