‘Kathmandu: My Fascination’ is a novel exhibition showing Prabod Shrestha’s pop-art silkscreen prints illustrated with a sound installation. The material displays the lifestyle of modern Kathmandu, often juxtaposing the old and the new. It includes rickshaws and motorbikes, temples and ultra-modern buildings, ancient statues and modern graffiti.
When Prabod lost his gallery during the earthquake in 2015, he started walking. He used to wander the streets of Kathmandu everyday. It was a way to work through the trauma, but also to reconnect with his childhood. “Despite the overwhelming changes I still recognized the old city that shaped me when I grew up, Sometimes we are overwhelmed by the pollution and urbanization of Kathmandu but sooner or later we reconnect with its core and its vibrancy,” says Prabod. ‘Kathmandu, My Fascination’ is the outcome of his post-earthquake wanderings.
All of us who live in Kathmandu and at times struggle with its development connect to Prabod’s work. He plays with different graphic styles but ultimately it is about what makes this city so timeless and vibrant.
Prabod Shrestha is a graphic artist who is also known for his video editing and copper jewelry called ‘ZiGi Expression’. The artist was born in Baglung but moved to Kathmandu at the age of two. He lived in different parts of Nepal before returning to the capital in 1975. This is where he spend his teenage years and where he discovered Freak Street as a place to learn to break boundaries and to be a ‘true hippie’. “On Freak Street my mind expanded. Here I learned to be an individual,” says Prabod.