November 30th to December 6th 2014

"The Living Vestiges:
Past & Present"

  • By Bijaya Maharjan
  • artist
    Bijaya Maharjan

    About Artist Profile

    Bijaya Maharjan is a visual artist based in Kathmandu. He did his graduation with Painting as Major from Kathmandu University in 2007, and remained a faculty in Kathmandu University, Center for Art and Design since 2007 to 2014.

    Through the years, he utilized most of his spare moments also to sharpen his artistic talents in creative photography since 2008. To his credit are two solo painting exhibitions: Disguised Harmony in 2007 and Disguised Harmony 2 in 2011, both in Kathmandu. In addition, he has participated in many group shows and workshops in both Art and Photography. He has also participated in an installation project with a well known French photographer and artist George Rousse in 2005 and helped him produce works in Bhaktapur and Panauti. His works are in major public and private collections. It includes Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel Hospital, Korean Embassy, France, Germany and many other public personalities of Nepal.

    About Exhibition

    The art of ‘Photography’ has always remained a world by itself to me. I’ve had always thought of photography as a powerful visual language. Taking photos is beyond capturing moments or documenting certain moments, it has much more to offer. Photographs are what you make or create out of it.

    You have to see through your mind and heart not only through the lens. To me ‘Composing and Creating’ the subject is the most difficult part in the whole process: technique is the secondary.
    As is natural, in the present series, ‘Photography’ has remained a mere medium. In essence, it is essentially artistic expressions in the form of photographs. The series remains an unexpected end result of my visits to Mustang and Himalayas. The colors, textures and the amazing life style I’ve found there inspired me to explore the creative forms through my lens. Astonishing houses made of stone and the color they use on the wall as well as in the daily lives they lead I found, entirely a different world. So the whole idea behind these pictures is to present the uniqueness of these local colors they’ve been using since ages and the unique architecture. And what’s more interesting is they still continue to love and follow the same life style. The present show seeks to share my not only my experiences there but also the struggles people face every day.
    Therefore, I remain of the opinion that The Living Vestiges: Past & Present is like an unrevealed diary yet to be read. Although it represents of remnants of the past but it also continues to exist even today. While roaming around in villages and the meandering alleys, I came across so many diverse subjects and the hues it often reminded me of the work of great abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko and so on. Thus I feel that wish that my works need to be felt rather than seen and read like a normal photographs.
    Similarly, the images of the kitchens also represent my understanding of the unique play of light and shade usually found in a painting. To get the right moment, all I did was to wait for the precise moment light to fall on the desired spot or objects and come alive like a work of Art! Honestly speaking, unknowingly I’ve had begun to love those inanimate kitchen utensils objects like when I used to paint still life. In photography too, I always wanted to capture those objects with dramatic and surreal effects with the unique interior I found there.