Scope: Nepal

16 April 2016

Zishaan Akbar Latif, From the series Ground Reality

Scope is a foray into emerging photo narratives in Nepal, historical and contemporary, and the ways in which they mobilise viewership. This ‘scope’ is about how lines of sight are being established by practitioners within the country, as well the larger South Asian region to surmount visual hierarchies and redraft the vernacular – one that is not only regional in its aesthetics, but challenges the notion of world photography and its definition in the present. Contributing substantially to the flow of images, Nepal is poised to engage on the medium’s future. The issue seeks to look at significant social-political, personal and artistic strands developing in photography from the region.


With support from BPKF bpkf-logo


New Terrain

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New Conversations, Old Photographs

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Stay Where You Are

Karan Shrestha

Everyday Epiphanies

Frédéric Lecloux

Maybe A New Body of Work

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Waiting for Nepal

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Nepal Archives

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This Country is Yours

Surendra Lawoti

Ground Reality

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Between Grief and Nothing

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Tuomo Manninen

(Im)Perfect Me

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Sagar Chhetri

The Other Side of Annapurna

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Life It Was

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