At the Saraf Foundation, we create spaces and forums to inspire and shape the communities within our landscape through restoration, ecology, archival research, and contemporary art.
In light of our location in Kathmandu, Nepal – one of the fastest urbanizing areas of South Asia – we strive to build an environment for careful and collaborative thought in response to forces of modernization. For despite the speed of such development, our indigenous landscapes and cultures encounter erasures, and global reports on the precarity of ceaseless urbanization continue to accumulate.
In this spirit, the Saraf Foundation aims to preserve and reactivate the vibrant history of Kathmandu Valley since over a decade – beginning withdocumenting indigenous heritage, we subsequently build platforms to interpret and rethink the narratives of these archival sources in the present. Further to this goal, we have three ongoing projects: