Asha Dangol’s 20 YEAR RETROSPECTIVE
Dec 10, 2014 |
Pragyan Thapa, Kathmandu - For Asha Dangol the city exists as his soulful muse. His artistic imagination hovers around the didactical idealism in Kathmandu’s decay from a lionized marvel of medieval architecture to a sufferer of ill-improvised urbanization. Dangol’s twenty years of artistic dabble was in the forefront at The City Museum where 36 illustrative pieces of the artist’s life work were exhibited.In Where is my city?, we find Dangol himself in the scenery as he flies by in search of his city whose older settlements are engulfed by the mushrooming skyscrapers.
Here he paints the fading plights of the nature: the domination of skyscrapers can be seen as the unknowing wreckage and invasion on the persisting entity of Kathmandu’s state of being, eclipsing it meagerly as an insignificant space on the map. He appositely applies stronger imagery in Vehicles over My Head where big SUVs are stacked on top of his hollow head – perhaps symbolizing our hollow conscientious tilt for consumerism
In Lost Identity where Kathmandu’s reputation, predominated by temples, is comparatively dulled down by the city’s overcrowded traffic and unplanned urbanization, and at the backdrop we again find Dangol, this time his hands are wide apart in a pose akin to the Statue of Christ the Redeemer’s looming over Rio de Janeiro, only difference in this courteous expression is that Dangol’s Kathmandu counterpart bulks large wearing a gas-mask.