Sattya Media Arts Collective is an organization I co-founded in Nepal in 2010 and am still passionately involved in. It is a resource center for artists, filmmakers, photographers, activists, and other creative types in Nepal. It provides a space and an open community for people who want to pursue their interests. Simply put, Sattya exists to encourage people to DO WHAT THEY LOVE. WE WANT TO: Support artists by providing space, resources, classes, job opportunities and creating a community of skilled and passionate people who pursue their craft. Use media and art to bring about awareness and new perspectives in society. Make art and media accessible to people from different backgrounds, allowing everyone to shape their community and culture. WE VALUE: DIT (Do It Together) ethics and collaboration Experiential learning and self-education Diversity Art for everyone Activism and grassroots efforts Community input Organizational transparency More info at sattya.org.
Dumji is one of the largest festivals in Solokhumbu in Nepal. It is celebrated among Sherpa communities and involves dancing, drinking, and community gatherings. These photos are from Khumjung, where I was able to get involved in the celebrations with friends who were from there. Each year, one of the 13 families of the village play host, and this year, it was their turn.
9 Rooms is a guesthouse we started in Kathmandu, Nepal in early 2012. The concept is to have a homey place with lots of creative touches, cosy atmosphere, and a respectful environment. Knowing many people seeking lodging in the neighborhood, we came up with the idea of creating a place that was more a house than a hotel. The house is slowly getting filled with work from local and traveling artists, locally made materials, upcycled furniture, vintage items we have gathered from homes around the city and the world, and all kinds of other random bits and pieces. More info at 9roomsnepal.com.
In the 1990’s, ethnic Nepalese were forced from their homes in Bhutan where they had been living for generations under the “One Nation, One People” policy, which did not include them. They fled to Nepal where they were not welcome and settled in refugee camps in the east of the country After over 20 years, they are being resettled abroad, a fact that is dividing family and community. Older generations, many of whom have no formal education or exposure to Western culture, are preparing to start new lives in the U.S. or Canada. A mix of anxiety, hope, and fear pervades Timai Camp in Jhapa, Nepal. Timai refugee camp in eastern Nepal is home to over 10,000 ethnic Nepalese who have been forcefully displaced from their homes in Bhutan in the 1990s. After nearly 20 years of unwanted by both countries, they are being resettled in places like USA and Canada, dividing families and creating controversy.