Kathmandu Triennale

The Kathmandu Triennale is a colossal art event organized by the Siddhartha Arts Foundation (SAF). It began in 2009 as the Kathmandu International Art Festival, which continued until 2012. The Triennale is an international platform for global contemporary art, which organizes its program on the basis of curatorial research, art production and exhibitions.

The program also comprises workshops, seminars, and outreach projects. In 2017 and 2021, we partnered with the Kathmandu Triennale for the entire festival. Taragaon Next featured as one of the primary exhibition and event venues alongside the Patan Museum, Siddhartha Arts Gallery, and the Nepal Art Council. We also sponsored the Triennale opening event with Hyatt Regency Kathmandu. Additionally, we supported the making of an art installation that still stands on the grounds of Taragaon Next.

Photo Kathmandu

Photo Kathmandu is biennial international photography festival organized by Photo Circle and the Shikshya Foundation Nepal. Since 2015, this festival is celebrated every year on themes relating to different social issues.

Photo Kathmandu features print exhibitions, workshops, talks, panel discussions, art and pedagogical programs, residencies, and much more. Each year, one individual is selected for an Award for Excellence for their contribution to the growth of Nepalese photography.

At the Saraf Foundation, we collaborated with Photo Kathmandu in 2015 for an exhibition of selected photographs from NAA by a Danish group of architects that document the architecture of Bungamati.

Nepal House Project

The people and infrastructure of Nepal suffered greatly from a devastating earthquake in 2015 that destroyed about 500,000 houses. In light of this natural disaster, the Japanese architecture firm, Shigeru Ban Architecture, proposed a design for the construction of permanent earthquake-resistant houses in earthquake-prone areas of Nepal.

This is a partnership project between the Voluntary Architects Network (VAN), Shigeru Ban Architects and the Saraf Foundation. On 1 June 2015, a lecture was given to media, INGOs, NGOs, architects, students and volunteers on the demonstration of temporary housing. The lecture was hosted at the Taragaon Museum with the help of Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan University, followed by construction of a prototype design for permanent housing on the premises of the Museum.

On architect Shigeru Ban’s first visit to Nepal, he studied the earthquake- affected areas of Bungamati and Sankhu. Before designing the permanent house prototype, he also visited local carpenters to study the type of wood used in Nepal.

The idea was to use wood as a load bearing structure and rubble bricks as an infill for walls. Initially, the roof of the house was planned with paper tubes, but due to the border blockade at that time, the materials could not be sourced. Instead, they were replaced by pine wood. The project was able to support construction of two houses in Phatakshila in the Sindhupalchowk area.

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