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'Vidambana/Irony': The Printmaking Exhibition


Nepalnews
2022 Apr 24, 15:27, Patan
Rukumani Shrestha explaining her arts to the visitors Photo: Bidyash Dangol

A solo printmaking exhibition by artist Rukumani Shrestha called "Vidambana/Irony" is now on display at the Classic Gallery. Rukumani Shrestha is a visual artist from Bhaktapur, Nepal's cultural capital. She was drawn to dancing, drawing, and painting from the start. She has won numerous dance competitions, including the Live Intercollegiate Dance Competition and Nepal Television's 'Aagan' dance competition. However, she selected printmaking as her academic focus. She has used Nepalese women's painful tears in many socio-political and religious situations as her subject in her works. She used a variety of printmaking techniques for this, including woodcut, colorgraph, surface prints, and others. She has raised concerns about child abuse and women's violence, such as rape cases, in her works.

Visitors observing the arts
Photo: Bidyash Dangol
Visitors observing the arts Photo: Bidyash Dangol
Rukumani Shrestha
Photo: Bidyash Dangol
Rukumani Shrestha Photo: Bidyash Dangol

In conversation with Rukumani, she speaks of her childhood, reminiscing of growing up in a very traditional home, and that her parents used to keep her in strict cultural practices, such as not allowing her to attend temples or the kitchen during her menstruation period. She was quite frustrated as a child, and when she went to college, she majored in painting, where later on she showed the problems of society in her arts. She wanted to encourage women and other young girls that menstruation isn't a bad thing. Rukumani Shrestha has used her art to raise awareness about sexual harassment. Superstition has been practiced in Nepal for a long time, however, it is slowly decreasing. People must transform themselves in order to diminish superstition from society, says Rukumani Shrestha.

Chaupadi title of the art
Photo: Bidyash Dangol
Chaupadi title of the art Photo: Bidyash Dangol
Reflection 
Photo: Bidyash Dangol
Reflection Photo: Bidyash Dangol
Shame title of the art
Photo: Bidyash Dangol
Shame title of the art Photo: Bidyash Dangol
Saraswati in Chaugoth
Photo: Bidyash Dangol
Saraswati in Chaugoth Photo: Bidyash Dangol
Between hope and sadness
Photo: Bidyash Dangol
Between hope and sadness Photo: Bidyash Dangol

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