EWC Exhibition Gala Opening: "Capturing a Legacy: Four Generations of Nepalese Photographers"
November 17, 2018 - January 06, 2019
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Capturing a Legacy: Four Generations of Nepalese Photographers tells the story of the legacy of the Chitrakar family as artists and visual documentarians. Nepal has witnessed dramatic political and cultural changes and this photographic exhibition captures key moments in Nepal’s history through the lens of four generations of photographers. In the 14th century, the inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley were divided into a profession-based caste system. It was then that the ‘Chitrakars,’ meaning ‘painters,’ acquired their status. The Chitrakars traditionally learned their painting skills under the tutelage of their fathers and to this day members of the community continue to create traditional paintings for specific rituals. With the introduction of photography to Nepal in the late 1800s, many Chitrakars also began to work in this medium. The recurring theme of a changing Nepal—the politics, heritage and culture, the sprawl of urbanization, the lifestyle, and infrastructural transformation—are evident in this collection of images that span more than one hundred years. Additionally, themes of conservation, tourism, climate change, and changing attitudes toward women demonstrate Nepal’s participation in global discourses. —Cristeena Chitrakar Gallery hours are weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. The gallery is closed on Saturdays and federal holidays. Guided exhibition tours will be offered Sundays at 3:00 p.m. (no tours Dec. 2 & Jan. 6).