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	People’s War in Nepal : Photography / Iconography

People’s War in Nepal : Photography / Iconography

Actualité de la recherche sur l'Asie du Sud - Séminaire du CEIAS

12 février 2019 | 13h30-16h30

Salle 737, 54 boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris

Christopher Pinney (UCL)

An insurgent family of man: People’s war in Nepal

Three major photographic engagements with Nepali politics are considered in this session: Gopal Chitrakar’s documentation of the 1990s Democracy Movement, Kunda Dixit’s travelling exhibition of images of the 1996-2006 insurgency, and a Maoist critique of this. All three projects invoked “people” in strikingly different ways being titled respectively People Power, A People War, and The People’s War in Pictures. Drawing on interviews with the key figures behind these representations, the visual construction, and political potential, of different kinds of multitudes and publics is explored.

Anne de Sales (CNRS, LESC)

Who are “we”? People in the iconography of the People’s War in Nepal

Référence : Anne de Sales, "Remarks on Revolutionary Songs and Iconography”, European Bulletin of Himalayan Research, 24, Spring, 2003.

Marie Lecomte-Tilouine (CNRS, LAS)

An inner view of the People's War in Nepal through the photographs of a cultural warrior

Kulman was 15 when multi-party politics divided and inflamed the kingdom of Nepal and 21 when he committed himself to the People's War a month after it was launched in April 1996. Preparations for the war began in 1994 while he was at school, and took place mainly in the northern part of Rolpa where Kulman was born. Shortly after he joined the party, his village was the scene of terrible violence, and later became known as the Martyrs' Village. Kulman pursued his career as a “cultural warrior" and headed numerous “families” of artists, which was a most dangerous position because of exposure. Musician, singer, actor, dancer, choreographer, and composer, Kulman is also a photographer. With a 500 rupee camera, he captured snapshots of the people's war since its very launching. I had the opportunity to interview him at length, and to visit him in his village, in order to contextualize his photographs. The lecture will focus on this unique inner view of a revolutionary movement.


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