AFTER EDEN

2019- ongoing

Admist the Garden of Eden lies empty elysian fields, still spaces, and the silence that echoes in them. Located in the southern outskirt of the Kathmandu Valley are Khokana and Bungamati, twin villages encompassing an archeological site, Ku Dey, out to the very edge of the foothills of the valley. But as the fog rises from the landscape it swept over, one begins to see that though the sacred lands inherent beauty, they are tempered with modern signs of intervention and degradation. A place that once held the beauty of the untouched heavens, has now become a symbol surrounded on the notion of development. The umbrella of tradition under which the locals come together and worship the sacred land now find themselves uniting to save the last vestiges of their sacred land.

POSTER, FIRST SCREENING

at Yalamaya Kendra, Kathmandu, Nepal

Curated by Sarker Protick

After Eden is a body of work which talks about the lives of the indigenous communities in Khokana and Bungamati being affected on the grounds of beliefs, identity and economy due to the ongoing state initiated project of 78 kms long stretch of fast-track under construction leading to migration, pollution and loss of ecology. Through the series of physical traces rupturing the organic terrain are questions raised upon the need for this emerging fast track as it slices through these vast scapes.

© 2020 BY AAKRITI CHANDERVANSHI

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