Thursday, July 5, 2012

Echo of Darkness 2012

Echo of Darkness 2012
Performance (15min)
Organize by Creative Artist Group,

Illiteracy causes the unemployment, unemployment causes the poverty, Unemployment, the main cause of making brain a devil’s house, to prevent oneself being a useless load, every day around 1200 youths are migrating to foreign land from this small mountainous country Nepal. As a heaven for workers from Nepal, India and Middle East holds major share beside these working in Indian and British forces as “Gurkha soldiers” has been holding over 60, 00000 Nepalese youth worldwide. The more of the shocking fact is that only in Saudi Arabia monthly around 200 Nepali workers loses their life. Due to the lack of benevolent leadership country has been in the vicious circle of political conflict between then the Maoist and government has caused the 15 years civil war. The saddest movement we have noticed that government is taking remittance as a major income and overseas job as a major product to export from the country, which has been a cause for the people to risk their life in foreign land.I am dedicating this performance to those Nepali workers who working in different foreign countries for small amount of money & putting their life in risk. "Echo of darkness" represents their stories, their works, & their pain. For this Performance I used workers' gloves (used one), Hammer, Charcoal, 50 pieces of white cloth & 50 envelops with Nepali workers name from different country's & visitors name.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

India Nepal Collaborative Workshop 2010
Bangalore, India
Organize by Khoj at 1shanthiroad

150 pairs of used workers gloves, aluminum hangers, pipe lights, rope, ladder


Performance (15min)
Sutra local workshop, pokhara 2006, Organize by Sutra

This event was a satirical performance to the then government controlled media. I got myself into a costume made tight black suit with a mask on I had a photograph of my own smile stuck on my face. There, I lied on the ground with my dress nailed into bulks of wood. I could hardly move since i was unable to see the surroundings clearly with the mask on and the wood was also quite heavy to move. Yet i relentlessly struggled, finally I releasing myself from the wood. Concluding this performance, I carried two of the bulks on my shoulder and went inside an empty hut, took off the mask and came out to the spectators. This black person indicated the then media who unwilling had to suppress the pain of the nation and spread false news supporting the then government.

Uniting Beliefs
"Nuga Mikha" International art Workshop 2004, Nepal

Religious conviction is deeply rooted inside human beings from the beginning of the human civilization. The geographical features have played a vital role in shaping up the religions. Therefore, we have various religious beliefs across the world. Though the process and practices of every religion differs from one another, its ultimate aim is to attain spirituality. To display such concept I erected paper tubes of various sizes, all of them mounting towards the sky. Hear, the sky symbolized spirituality and the paper tubs depict different religions. I also had a performance to support the idea of religion and spirituality.

Urban Life
Theertha International Artist workshop, Sri Lanka 2010
Organized by Treertha

International Artist Workshop Bangladesh 2008
Organized by: Porapara A Space for Artist

“Gift from First World” was done by three glass boxes. The cotton buds that were attached with pins were kept in one box, the second box was full with band aid leaves that were fixed by the thump pins, while the real acid inside the eye drop bottles were put in 3rd box. I rapped the 3 boxes with red ribbons and represent them as the gift boxes adding flowers that I made with ribbons as well. I showed my dissatisfaction through a satire way to the rich and powerful countries that look down to the poor countries and try to show that they provide help to the poor which is to me a big contradiction.

Portrait of Devilal'
(Nepali worker Devi Lal in Banglore)
India Nepal Collaborative Workshop 2010
Bangalore, India
Organize by Khoj at 1shanthiroad

150 Photos of Devi lal taken from Gallery's small window, Devi Lal's shirt & one concrete block raping with Band-Aid.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Eco of Pain

Installation in Prison Room, International Human Rights Workshop 2008
Green Island, Taiwan

Sunil Sigdel,  Eco of Pain

The government of Taiwan conducted a workshop in Green Island commemorating the well over 2000 political prisoners that consisted of writers, painters and artists amongst others. The organizers summoned 20 artists that included the local and the foreign art practitioners. In the present day this prison house in Green Island has been turned into a museum.

I worked in one of the prison rooms where I created three different art works that were interconnected with one another. In one of my installation I selected eight names out of 2000 prisoners and wrote them on the wall. Then I covered it with eight fishing net. Since it was an island and our materials to create artworks were limited therefore I incorporated a fishing net that was easily available there. My
intension of using fishing net was because I wanted to represent suffocation since the harsh fishing net is used to capture and kill fishes. Here, as I stated above, the eight fishing nets contained names of the eight prisoners. On the exact opposed wall of this installation I arrangied eight of my color photographs that were covered with the fishing net.
In my second presentation I used the same photos but this time in b/w which I pasted all over the tiles of the toilet. I came to know from the museum personnel that the prisoners were extremely tortured. The Green Island prison is located in the island which is surrounded by the sea; therefore, the prisoners could see the vast sea but when it came to using water to take shower or drink they had to use the water from the toilet. This created an everlasting torture in the mind of the prisoners. By manipulating such sentiments I arranged my portrait in the hole of the toilet, as if a prisoner is trying to come out of it.
My third work consisted of barb wire that was placed on the window. The prisoners could see the open space outside; however, that was the only solace that they could get. Other than that, their freedom was not only snatched away from them, but toping that, they were extremely tortured by using various methods. I also came to know that there were 16 different methods to torture these prisoners. Few of these methods were by making them take dog shit, drink urine, pressing their fingers, taking off their finger nails, locking them in the ice room, excessively beating one of the prisoners and make the others see or hear the painful scream etc. I wrote these methods of torturing in the wall and then placed the barb wire below the window overlapping the writings. In this presentation my intention was to compare the outer open expansive view from the prison window and the inward torturous and grim cell.