Capturing a Legacy: Four Generations of Nepalese Photographers tells the story of the Chitrakar family as artists and visual documentarians. Nepal has witnessed dramatic political and cultural changes and this photographic exhibition captures key moments in Nepal’s history through the lens of four generations of photographers.
In the 14th century, the inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley were divided into a profession-based caste system. It was then that the Chitrakars, meaning “painters,” acquired their status. The Chitrakars traditionally learned their painting skills under the tutelage of their fathers and to this day members of the community continue to create traditional paintings for specific rituals. With the introduction of photography to Nepal in the late 1800s, many Chitrakars also began to work in this medium.
The recurring theme of a changing Nepal—the politics, heritage and culture, the sprawl of urbanization, the lifestyle, and infrastructural transformation—are evident in this collection of images that span more than one hundred years. Additionally, themes of conservation, tourism, climate change, and changing attitudes toward women demonstrate Nepal’s participation in global discourses.
About East West Center Gallery
The East-West Center Gallery features rotating exhibitions focusing on the arts and cultures of the Asia-Pacific region. Exhibitions are free and open to the public. The Gallery is located in John Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Road, at the corner of Dole Street and East-West Road, adjacent to UH Manoa. Gallery hours are weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. The gallery is closed on Saturdays and federal holidays. Guided exhibition tours will be offered Sundays at 3:00 p.m. (no tours Dec. 2 & Jan. 6).
The EWC Arts Program is supported in part by Aqua-Aston Hospitality, The Hawai‘i Pacific Rim Society Hideo Murakami Fund for the Arts, Friends of Hawai‘i Charities, Barbara B. Smith, Richard H. Cox, Jean E. Rolles, EWC Arts ‘Ohana members, Jackie Chan Foundation USA, The Arthur Goodfriend Intercultural Fund, and other generous donors.