Agastaya Thapa is currently an independent researcher. She is one of the research fellows for the Feminist Memory Project at Nepal Picture Library. She completed her PhD from the School of Arts and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, in 2017. Her thesis, entitled Circuits of Representation: Visual Art Practices and the Formation of the Subject in Darjeeling from the Colonial Period to the Present, looked at representation through the lens of tourist art and colonial ethnology. Her research interests include colonial visual culture, photography, popular paintings and prints, Eastern Himalayan history and socio-political movements.
Bunu Dhungana discovered photography after leaving the world of academics and research. However, her background in sociology informs her photographic work. A graduate of JNU, Delhi, she is interested in questioning notions of gender and patriarchy. While she focuses on personal projects that centre around women’s issues, she has worked within a wide range – from visual ethnography, NGO/INGO work to commercial work. She loves roaming about places, people-watching and eavesdropping. She lives and works in Kathmandu, Nepal.
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Research Fellow (2019)
Dewan Rai’s reporting on issues of human rights, social justice and Nepali politics has established him as one of the most involved and credible journalists of Nepal. Through this fellowship, he hopes to delve deeper into the consequences of consumer culture for Nepal’s indigenous communities.
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Diwas Raja Kc
Head of Research and Archives
Diwas Raja Kc is a researcher, writer, and curator based in Kathmandu. He pursued graduate studies in visual culture and history in Sarah Lawrence College, New York, and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. At Nepal Picture Library, he works on building visual archives and presenting documentary images of historically obscured subjects. His curatorial show Dalit: A Quest for Dignity (2016) explored ways of witnessing assertions and obfuscations about Dalit past in Nepal. He also works as a documentary film editor and has worked with several renowned artists and visual anthropologists. Kc gives workshops on visual storytelling and has taught courses on social history and historiographical methods.
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NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati
Co-founder & Director
NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati enjoys working across platforms to weave together visual narratives with research, pedagogy, and collective action to create public discourse around themes such as patriarchy, power and justice. In 2007, she co-founded photo.circle; a photography platform that has facilitated learning, exhibition making, and publishing opportunities for Nepali photographers. In 2010, she co-founded the Nepal Picture Library; a digital photo archive that documents and creates engagement with a public history of the Nepali people. NayanTara is also the co-founder and Festival Director of Photo Kathmandu, an international festival that takes place in Kathmandu every two years.
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Nisha Rai has worked as a journalist in Nepali Media for over ten years. She has significant experience covering a wide range of subjects and working in print, online, radio and television. She is widely respected for her integrity, compelling prose and incisive interviews. She has adapted quickly to technology, enjoys a strong online following and is at home in the fast-paced environment of today’s media. Creativity and novelty are hallmarks of her work while striving to present people’s stories with compassion, accuracy and urgency. Ms. Rai is particularly interested in the gender,human rights and social inclusion.
Nikita has a Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies from Kathmandu University. She worked as a research fellow for the Feminist Memory Project from April to August in 2018. She is currently working as a production assistant on a political documentary and maintains an interest in pop culture.
Coordinator and Chief Document Controller, Nepal Picture Library
Shikhar Bhattarai is a freelance photographer based in Kathmandu, Nepal. His passion for photography developed when he started to understand the power of the visual medium as a way to share stories. He is particularly interested in travel and documentary photography. An avid traveller, he has traversed across many parts of his diverse country, and is interested in its geographical and anthropological histories and narratives.
Having completed her Master’s from the School of Arts and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Yutsha Dahal backs her interest in alternative approaches to history with a solid training in visual culture and performance studies. As an NPL fellow, she is excited to see what new insights can be uncovered about indigeneity and sustainability through the prism of visual and material culture.
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