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Reflections 25.4.16 is an innovative cross-media storytelling project, focusing on Nepal in the year since the April 2015 earthquake. the project aims to bring together art, storytelling, photojournalism in a new format for talking about issues. It also aims to raise awareness of social issues, discuss solutions and encourage active engagement for positive change. we also want to promote and share art from talented nepali ind international artists, and explore the roll their art can play in social issues.

to commemorate the 1-year passing of the April 25 earthquake we are launching reflections here in nepal. the concept is to reflect on the year just gone, useing the earthquake as a frame that brings all the stories together.

in the past 6 weeks, we have found, chosen and recorded 20 interview stories from across nepal, we decided to choose 10 nepali and 10 international artist, and paired up each one to a story in order to create an art piece that tells more of the story than words can alone.

Reflections 25.4.

On 25th April 2015 a 7.9 Earthquake struck Nepal, causing catastrophic damage affecting the lives of millions.

Reflections 25.4.16 is a cross - media storytelling project, focusing on Nepal in the year since the April 2015 earthquake. The project aims to bring together Art, Storytelling, and Photojournalism in a new format for highlighting and discussing issues. It also aims to raise awareness of social issues, discuss solutions and encourage active engagement for positive change.

An Exhibition of the work was held at the Patan Museum in Nepal and The Atrium Gallery at the University of the West of England in Bristol from 25th april 2016 - 6th May

Reflections 25.4.16 is the brainchild of Marli Gordon, Bhuwan Rokka and Harry Morgan.

The images here are from the Exhibition in Nepal and the Atrium Gallery, UWE in Bristol. All the information contained, including interviews and artist bio's are available on the Reflections website.
http://192.185.170.197/~reflection
email: reflections2016nepal@gmail.com


about the project

reflections 25.4.16 is the brainchild of marli gordon, bhuwan rokka, and harry morgan.

on the 25th april 2015 a 7.9 earthquake struck nepal, causing catastrophic damage and affecting the lives of millions. many individuals reacted , both by direct action on the ground in nepal, and around the world through support and love for those affected.

harry morgan, a reportage illustrator in nepal at the time of the earthquake, set about trying to record through drawing the events that unfolded. he and a group of other travellers started a grassroots group to help victims, first though emergency supplies, and subsequently with temporary shelters and schools.

at the same time, marli gordon (usa) and bhuwan rokka (np) started their grssroots group, nepali for nepali, which is now a registered ngo. NFN started out by providing much needed coordination support for small groups and individuals, and since has helped thousands of victims in many ways. nfn are currently focusing on enabling communities to rebuild in an affordable and earthquake resistand way, using ceb technology. harry's group worked together with nfn on several projects, combining their strengths to to help victims.

during the difficult winter that nepal faced, little was reported in international media. after the attention grabbing earthquake story had been exhausted in newspapers, the reality of life in nepal was not talked about around the world.

in february 2016 harry and marli returned to nepal to continue to help. together with bhuwan, they decided that it might be possible to help through storytelling, art and journalism. to discuss of issues that were not being talked of, and to raise awareness of groups and individuals doing good work. 1 year on from the earthquake, reflections 25.4.16 will attempt to do this.


the team

marli gordon
marli came to nepal in mid 2014 to seek a worthy social cause to engage with. she'd been living in nepal for 10 months when the earthquake struck. marli's passion for nepalese people and telling their stories was the beginning of the reflections concept.

bhuwan rokka
bhuwan has been involved in social work in nepal from 2006, a founding member of nfn he has worked tirelessly for the last year to provide help to victims of the quake. bhuwan's networks in nepal and technichal know-how are crucial to the project.

harry morgan
harry is a reportage and documentary illustrator and activist from the uk. immediately after the earthquake he co-founded a volunteer group and coordinated it until december 2015. harry is the art director and graphic designer for reflections.

anica james
anica james is award-winning documentary photographer and educator from canada. she was selected as one of the top 30 under 30 female photographers internationally by photo boite. anica heads up our photography team and co-curates.

every person invoved in the reflections project is a volunteer, and yet they each worked incredibly hard to make this happen. if it weren't for these people it would not have been possible.

the photographers -
william briand is a travel and portrait photograper from france - bewill.net
mitch ward is a freelance photojournalist from canada mitchwardphotojournalist.com
david padovani is a freanch activist and photographer www.facebook.com/RadioDova

the interviewers
anshu pandey, neta kind-lerer, tsering lama, sangita yonzon, and an extended group of nepali friends and translators worked to find and record the stories featured in the exhibition

the rest of the team
none of this would have been possible without the help from a wide group of Nepali friends and volunteers. They have helped us with everything from finding stories to securing funding. Our heartfelt thanks to each and every person who was involved.


the artists

to start the project off we put out an open call to artists, both nepali and international, to invite them to be a part of our first experiment in storytelling. we recieved many fantastic entries, and were able to feature 20 in our first exhibition.

rose wilkinson
from Herefordshire, England, Currently studying Illustration at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Rose draws inspiration from classical Pre-Raphaelite painting to contemporary illustration as well as being inspired by the great outdoors.
rosewilkinson.wix.com/rosewilkinson

kiran tamang (arkin)
from Bhimdhumga, kathmandu. kiranstarted art 5-6 year ago. and has taken some basic art classes. he uses mostly pencil and colour pencil. "i really had great time doing it Jasper's interview was great and fun his dedication to help inspires people.

jenny soep
Is a drawing based artist that has specialised in documenting the live performances of original music, art(s), environmental and cultural events. "I draw on paper or on iPad, I believe in making connections with my art between audio and visual, performer and audience, and the world's stage with its people."
www.instagram.com/jennysoep
dropr.com/jennysoep

luke carter
is an illustrator and print maker based in Bristol. very interested in working with social and political subject matter and have previously produced work for various progressive organisations. I work primarily in linocut and relief printmaking and enjoy human focused projects like this one.
www.luke-carter.com

charis loke
is a freelance illustrator and schoolteacher working in Malaysia, making thoughtful images which tell stories worth telling. she has illustrated for various publications and clients, from Esquire Malaysia to Magicbird Publishing and Scientific Malaysian.
charisloke.com

sian aggett
Siān is a Wellcome Trust doctoral at Sussex University. Her doctoral research is exploring the use of participatory and socially engaged arts as a tool to engage biomedical research with local communities and publics. Her doctoral reserach focuses on enteric disease, water and women in Patan, Kathmandu where she is working with epidemiologists, contemporary artists, community arts organisations and community participants.
www.sacredwaternepal.com/#intro

sherman nepali
Originally from chainpur-5, Dhading, Nepal & lives in Kathmandu. studying BFA 1st year.
"Art is my passion. It soothes my soul & makes me alive. I do abstract, semi abstract, landscapes, portraits in different mediums But, I would love to paint human emotions. Everyone have different story, different expressions in their face."
shermannepali.wix.com/sherman

nirit ovadia
studied art at "Wizo" high school in Haifa. "I truly love painting nature and landscapes, yet, the "human landscape" fascinates me in particular, since through portrait one can observe the inner human's world."

gary embury
Twenty years experience as an illustrator. garys focus is now on reportage illustration, he runs the reportager research group - reflections main research partner, and is directing the paralel exhibition in bristol.
"I am currently working on a book on reportage and documentary drawing, to be published in 2017 by Bloomsbury Publishing. "
www.embury.co.uk
www.reportager.org

harry morgan
is a documentary and reportage illustrator, he studied under gary embury at university of west of england, uk. harry has been travveling and working in asia for 16 months, and has worked with bbc and msf. harry co started the reflections 25.4.16 project, and is the graphic designer and artistic director.
harrymorganillustration.co.uk

india durban
is a 19 year old practising Fine Artist studying at Falmouth University, specialising in portraiture, realist/expressionist. Discovering new mediums and ideas.
https://www.facebook.com/India-Mae-Art-1605675269667093/

ritu thapa
from manakamana, gorkha, ritu is currently sudying ma fine arts at tribhuvan university, kritipur. ritu has participated in severalworkshops and exhibitions in kathmandu in recent years, in collaboration with kcac, bindu, and nepal art council.
Email: rthapa72@gmail.com

muna bhadel
Muna Bhadel is a Bhaktapur based artist. She is currently a MFA student at TU and is the recipient of the KCAC's Residency Program. She has participated in an art festival organized by Bindu, a Federal Life Workshop a Self-Portrait Exhibition at KCAC,Lasanaa's Artist Residency Program; Nepal Redefining Kathmandu Valley and has shown in National Art Exhibitions, Nepal Academy of Fine Art.

johnathan williams
is a Cardiff based artist and full time lecturer in Illustration at Swansea College of Art. I have worked in London and Barcelona and illustrated for over 25 years and also exhibit my work and produce large scale public sculpture including the design and production of the Captain Scott memorial situated in Cardiff bay.
twitter@jonwcreative
instagram@jonwcreative

tanith gould
is a fine artist currently studying at Falmouth University. fascinated by people, taniths work refers to themes of feminism, gender, mortality, transience and ideas surrounding 'the maternal'. "When painting an individual, my main focus is to capture a presence within the sitter; the essence or spirit behind their eyes."
tanithgould.weebly.com

george sander-jackson
Is an illustrator and animator with a passion for documentary material. a successful animated documentary filmmaker, with a passion for portraiture and reportage, previously worked as a Court Artist for the BBC.
www.georgesanderjackson.com

jeewan suwal
Jeewan Suwal received his MFA with Honors and Gold Medal from the Faculty of Visual Art at Banaras Hindu University, India, where he through the ICCR Scholarship awarded by the government of India. He has been featured in numerous exhibitions, and has been awarded for his works in Nepal and India.
http://sag.artmandu.org/artists/jeewan-suwal

rabal bikram shah
recently graduated from Kathmandu University School of Arts, Center for Art and Design. a Visual artist. he Currently works as an art director for Fuzz Factory Productions. rabal's works are mostly political satire and do mixmedia and printmaking as screenprints on canvas.
http://www.fuzzfactory.com.np/

pratish shrestha
a freelance Graphic Designer and a self-taught Artist and a Photo and Journalism enthusiast.
"I like to create art forms in digital as conceptualized"

jagdish moktan
from bhaktapur. recently studying fine arts at ku in first year first semester.
"I specially work in portraits with graphite and charcoal medium ."
jagdishmoktan.wordpress.com

the reflections team are very grateful to all of the artists featured in this exhibition for creating work free of charge for this social project. contact us if you are interested in buying originals or prints of any of these works.


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