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Panel Discussion - NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati in conversation with Surendra Lawoti and Manjushree Thapa

Panel Discussion - NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati in conversation with Surendra Lawoti and Manjushree Thapa

NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati, in conversation with artist and educator, Surendra Lawoti and renowned Nepali writer, Manjushree Thapa, will discuss her upcoming exhibition Being Nepali and the role of documentary photography in both creating and imagining the "New Nepal". The talk will take place in the Urban Space Gallery on the first floor of 401 Richmond St. West.


Surendra Lawoti was born in Nepal in 1972. After finishing his high school in Kathmandu, he moved to the US to pursue higher education. He received his BA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago (1999) andMFA in Photography from Massachusetts College of Art and Design (2005) in Boston. He now lives in Toronto, where he teaches Photography as an Adjunct Faculty at the Ontario College of Art and Design University. His work has been exhibited internationally including Gallery 44 and Harbourfront Centre in Toronto; Les Territoires in Montreal and the Nepal Art Council in Kathmandu. He is represented by Gallery Kayafas in Boston.

Manjushree Thapa writes fiction and literary nonfiction about Nepal. Her fiction books include include Seasons of Flight, Tilled Earth and The Tutor of History, and her nonfiction books include The Lives We Have Lost, A Boy from Siklis and Forget Kathmandu. She also translates Nepali literature into English. Her new novel, All of Us in Our Own Lives, is due in 2016. She lives in Toronto. 

NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati is a Nepal-based photographer and curator. She attended Mt Holyoke College, Massachusetts and the SALT Institute of Documentary Studies, Portland, Maine to study documentary photography. Her work seeks to embrace themes such as change, identity, gender, and history within the context of ‘the New Nepal’. NayanTara’s work has been exhibited internationally, including Photo Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2015), OBSCURA Festival of Photography, Malaysia (2013), Delhi Photo Festival, India (2013), International Human Rights Film Festival, Switzerland (2013), and Kirkkopuisto Photo Annual, Finland (2013).

Presented in partnership with SAVAC