Artist: Prithvi Shrestha
1.Where do you live in 2020? Please describe the place and the surrounding environment.
I stayed at home with my family at Kopondol, Lalitpur in Nepal. My house is in main road so during lockdown environment was calm and quite. My place was out of sound pollution clearly heard nature sound. Most of people left Kathmandu and went their own cities, Kathmandu was less populated and rest were in their own home, i found my city clean and green too. I can see only police in street for our security through my window .
2.How does the COVID-19 pandemic affect you personally in your country and its countermeasures?
As being artists, covid effect me as others. though i enjoy with my new born baby, i gave full time with my baby and family. this time was much caring time for them and i am satisfied. but I missed the art events. My country is developing country so this effect a lot specially for them who was paid as their daily based work. Also those who work in India they came back and stuck in boarder, they suffer a lot. I help my two Iran friends who stuck in lockdown and let them stayed in my space. Government locked effected are immediately and took more action to them those who came from abroad and after few weeks all airlines were stopped.
3.Where is one of the places you enjoy most this year? How do you spend your time there? can you describe what it looks like?
I enjoy in home and my studio. I spend enough time there creating my art work and caring my family, nobody came to disturb me.
4.Where is the farthest place you have been this year?
I haven’t been to farthest place this year because of my new baby boy.
5.Who do you live with in 2020?
I live with my wife and baby.
6.How did the COVID-19 pandemic affect the way you work?
it’s true that my time was for my family but I create artwork too. my art travelling was postponed, some show was postponed. every year we organize art workshop and exhibitions through Bindu space for artists but this year we could not do so and organized virtual printmaking exhibition. this break time will highly effect to Nepal art scenario so somehow it will hamper on me too.
7.Has your work been promoted in some way?
Of course. I had attended in virtual art events. It was new for me.
8.Are you more anxious this year than in previous years? If so, how do you relieve your anxiety?
I am but it’s because of new situation, not only me lots of people were worried. Nepali art scenario is small and slowly it was lifting up but this covid 19 effect it and to rise art market it will take time and how long I don’t know.
9.Recommend some movies or books you have seen this year (or a poem), you can briefly explain why.
there is no specific movies or books. I was focused in daily news. I was worried we from development country can handle the worse situation that we saw in aboard.
10.Have you ever imagined what human life would be like after the end of COVID-19 pandemic?
We had faced earthquake in 2015 and handle it. so, I think it will take time to recover economically. and in one think we were much developed in virtually. This will benefit whole nation and world.
about the artist
Prithvi Shrestha is a visual artist based in Kathmandu,Nepal. He has shown five solo shows. He has received several awards for his outstanding performance in art among that, international Comic strip, Bangkok 2001, The World Bank South Asia Region and the World Bank Art Program USA 2012, Araniko youth Award 2017 and Himalayan Light Art Scholarship 2017. He is Founder of Bindu space for artists. He has coordinated various National and International art events.
I grown-up in ritual and social cultural environment so my work is based on social, cultural and varying relationship issues. I have been practicing painting, performance art and installation art. These all are just medium for me to create different art forms. While I use a variety of materials and processes in each project my methodology is consistent to share my thoughts and ideas. I believe we all live in natural life and culture but following dark to bright life shaded life.
I use symbols to express all these things in my work. Everything is very important for me like ritual symbols or technological signs. I am impressing with sound of this advance life. Everywhere sound express vital role in our life so in my performance art I use different sounds.
I found art everywhere so I tried to copy natural art in my created art.
about Bindu Space in Nepal
About Bindu space for artists
Bindu, space for artists is non-profitable registered organization, an alternative art space which particularly initiates new art forms and various activities related to it and active since 2006. Bindu is a gathering of artists committed in bringing together various aspects of fine arts to materialize a common ground for innovative art practitioners to share and develop imaginative concepts and visions.
Bindu space for artists is working in different form of art and organized several art program like artist residency, art workshop (painting, printmaking and video), artist presentation national and international performance art program, collaboration with other organizations and coordinate many program.