JU5A9976.jpg
JU5A0198.jpg
JU5A0174.jpg
JU5A9976.jpg

About


Sacred Water is an arts project set in Patan, Nepal 
surrounding the Hiti - ancient water conduits still in use and people's relationship with water, Gods and typhoid

SCROLL DOWN

About


Sacred Water is an arts project set in Patan, Nepal 
surrounding the Hiti - ancient water conduits still in use and people's relationship with water, Gods and typhoid

 

Sacred Water is an arts project. 

It is a collection of stories surrounding the Hiti or Dhunge Dhara  दुङ्गे धारा - water stone spouts found all over Nepal, particularly those present in Patan. 

Through the project we collect and weave together stories from locals in Patan who use the stone spouts, caretakers of maintaining the spouts, scientists studying the water, as well as various writings on the history, architecture and religious significance of the spouts. 

Using art as a platform, we hope to reach across different backgrounds and disciplines to provide an open space for sharing and discussion. 


For questions or comments please contact: sacredwaternepal@gmail.com

 
JU5A0198.jpg

The People


The People


BIDHATA KC

I'm a visual artist. I do painting, printmaking as well as installation, media art - all that's related to art.

My favourite part of my work is I don't have to work under anyone, so I'm free to express the way I see things. The interesting part is to capture the hidden meaning in certain things, from man-made to natural stuff. For example, in one of my works I transformed ordinary things like the waste cans (discarded by hikers) into prayer wheels. It's like when people go and turn the wheels without knowing what its actual meaning is. For work I travel a lot and that's another part that's really interesting for me.

The challenge is the material. Sometimes I feel certain kind of limitation because of the material. I don't want to make my ideas very complicated - sometimes complicated things do not work out, so I like to make it simple. But doing that is also challenging, and although it's not a big challenge it's there.

Traveling is the best part of my career. I get to interact with senior artists and with other people I don't know too well yet. Traveling through work means you don't just go there to see the place but you have work to do as well. You get to enjoy yourself and be challenged with having to create something out of that place. You don't just go and get inspiration and return to work in your studio, you interact with people over there, workshops, etc. Workshops are always fun as well. My first trek to Manang in 2006, I really enjoyed learning about other people's lives. Seeing other artists' and organizers' activities was really inspirational for me. 

----------------------

Bidhata KC is one of the two artists leading the art workshops in 'Sacred Water', she teaches the participant visual skills to tell stories and express themselves.

She has a Bachelor and Master degree from Lalit Kala Campus. She has had 6 solo exhibitions at home and abroad, and has taken part in various group exhibitions and projects around the country and internationally. She was also the recipient of the 'Arniko National Youth Art Award', a National Government Award for excellence in Modern Art and Contributions to the Development of Art in Nepal in 2010. For an extensive list of her numerous works and exhibitions, please visit bidhatakc.com 


MAHIMA SINGH

I do installation and performance art. Most of my performance are related to social issues. These days I focus more on women issues; my recent performance was related to violence against women, and the next performance I'm doing is on human trafficking.

Performance art gives me freedom to do what I like to do. Because there is no boundary, no such thing as "this has to be a certain way". Also, when I do performance I can connect to the audience, and that is also very important. Most of the time I try to interact with other people's works. Sometimes I make installation for my performance piece, other times I interact with other people's installations, so it's connecting not just with one piece of art, but working with other people, collaborating. That's what I like the most.

The challenge in performance is whether or not I'm able to give my message to the viewers. But even if that is the case it's ok because it's not necessary everyone understood; it can be just experience as well. That the viewers are there, that's the most important thing. Other than that, material is also a challenge for me when I make installations.

I had the experience of working with other Asian artists while I was in Korea, through the Asia Young Artist Residency. They invited one artist from each Asian country and I was also there. It was a very nice experience even though it was very short. 

----------------------

Mahima Singh is one of the two artists leading the art workshops in 'Sacred Water', she teaches the participant visual skills to tell stories and express themselves. 

Mahima is a visual/performance artist based in Lalitpur. She is one of the founder member of Bikalpa Art Center, a contemporary arts platform. She received her MFA from Korea National University of Arts. Currently, she works as a lecturer at Tribhuvan University, Central Department of Fine Art, Kirtipur, Nepal. Her most recent solo exhibitions include 'Spontaneity and Control' at DM Gallery, and 'The Rain' at Godo Gallery, Seoul, Korea. She also performs regularly around Kathmandu in collaboration with many NGOs and organizations working to benefit society. 


SIAN AGGETT

I am a doctoral researcher across both the Global Studies and Media Film and Music Departments at Sussex University in the UK. My interest lies in the use of socially engaged arts and communications activities to engage biomedical research with the local communities where health challenges are being faced and where scientific and indigenous cultures interact. Sacred Water will be a focused case study within my doctoral thesis and I am delighted to be working within such an interesting project and alongside such dedicated people. Before choosing to explore these kinds of projects at a deeper level I spent about 15 years managing and delivering public and community engagement with science programmes in the UK (where I am from), East and South Africa and South East Asia. I love to envisage and produce projects, which bring open minds together in experimental and creative ways to generate new and interesting partnerships and understandings of the world. Often this means working across and between disciplines, which aren’t ordinarily brought together. I started out my career working in the interactive galleries of London’s Science Museum (where my speciality was the Bubble Show) and delivering public discussion events at London’s Natural History Museum, an institution which, holds a big place in my heart.

When at home I also like to get involved with cultural events and have presented/hosted public science events at the Wellcome Collection, Latitude Music Festival and Brighton Festival Fringe. I am committed to supporting the arts to flourish and enrich local lives in my hometown as a Trustee of Visual Arts organisation ‘Fabrica’ in Brighton and Hove. If I find the time like to spend my weekends getting messy with paint and screenprinting or running by the sea (I rarely get in the sea because of an irrational fear of prehistoric marine mammals). 

----------------------

Sian Aggett is studying 'Sacred Water' and helping with evaluating its effectiveness. She is also key in organising the overall project and ensuring its smooth running. 


LÊNA BÙI

I am a mix-media artist based in Saigon, Vietnam. Art has been a language for me to make sense of life and find poetry. I'm mainly fascinated by the way customs, myths, and science shape our behaviors. Growing up in Vietnam and seeing massive changes in an incredibly short span of time I've become inevitably preoccupied with changing ways of life and how traditions are maintained, reinvented, readapted or forced to change, and to what expense. 

I've been incredibly lucky to have the chance to work with the Oxford Clinical Research Unit Vietnam and Nepal, and to receive support from people from very different disciplines and background, for it is in the intersection of these differences that the ground is fertile for exchanges and discussion.  My role in Sacred Water has been to design and document the overall project; and to ensure a safe and creative space for everyone involved to share and discuss.

As a part of this experience, I'm also working on a personal video art piece that explores the idea of wellbeing and the different routes we take to achieve such a balance. This video will be completed at the end of 2016. 

----------------------

lenabui.com


THE PARTICIPANTS - Coming soon


THE SCIENTISTS - Coming soon

JU5A0174.jpg

copyright


copyright


All images on this site, unless specified, are taken, created and belong to Lêna Bùi. You are welcome to use them for noncommercial purposes as long as you attribute accordingly. Thank you.