Usually a venue for contemporary Nepali art, the latest exhibition at the Siddhartha Art Gallery at Baber Mahal Revisited is unconventional in both form and substance.
The exhibits are digital prints depicting characters from Marvel and DC Comics like The Hulk and Captain America, but on bicycles wearing dhaka topi, red tika and jamara, ready to celebrate Dasain in the streets of Thamel. Designer Disneys wearing Nepali costumes in the city’s landmarks, and there are even Ronaldo and Messi wearing dhaka topi.
“I chose international characters because they are globally recognised icons, and I wanted to showcase Nepal’s cultural heritage sites,” explained artist Sunny Shakya, who started out as a sculptor, but switched to toygraphy, combing toys and photography. He got the idea when he took a picture of toy key rings with the background of Bhaktapur. People liked his work and he came up with more toys and more settings, combining his photography skills with knowledge of culture and sculpting.
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