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Артманду`2012: Земя | Тяло | Съзнание
Artmandu’2012 Earth | Body | Mind

Author(s): Andronika Martonova
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The second edition of Artmandu (or KIAF – Kathmandu International Art Festival, 25 November – 21 December 2012, Kathmandu, Nepal) was themed Earth | Body | Mind. The event focused on the connection between environment and arts. How do artworks treat the global as well as human ecosystems, climate change and the ozone hole and respond sensitively? Curators from Asia and Europe selected 90 artworks from 35 countries by 101 artists (painters, sculptures, photographers, illustrators, working in the fields of video installations, live performances, digital and plastic arts, etc.). The sole Bulgarian entrant was Biotope by artist Slav Nedev (an auteur project of an installation in urban environment) and an auteur video titled After by Andronika Martonova and Radostina Neikova, Screen Arts Department, Institute of Art Studies, BAS screened within the three-day Art Symposium held on the sidelines of the festival. KIAF seeks to become an Asian centre of eco-arts and of the concepts of connective aesthetics. Nepal is a bridge of a kind connecting Tibet to India. It boasts a plenitude of sites of religious art, facing the challenge of rethinking, preserving and promotion of its cultural heritage. Nepalese art- ists are quite interesting, ingenious and innovative in the context of contemporary art, blending the traditional iconography with modern Western trends, topics, images and even with Pop Art. They, however, find it difficult to display their artworks both at home and abroad. Artists are vital to Nepal, because under a Maoist gov- ernment, hostile to freedom of media and speech, they struggle to resist and democratise the society.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 49-53
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: Bulgarian