This year, too, with the pandemic there are many challenges, but Kakshapati’s team is determined to pull off a successful full year of online events.
The festival is a part of a larger continuum of image-making, research and civic engagements at photo.circle and Nepal Picture Library, and has devised two strategies for the upcoming festival: time and place.
“We come once in two years for a month, create a momentum and disappear, so we had been thinking for a while to stretch the festival over a longer period and create a conversation over the whole year. We are excited about the new possibilities,” says Kakshapati, adding that most of the events will be virtual, particularly workshops, artist talks and portfolio reviews.
“However, if the Covid situation gets better by the second-half of 2021, the team could work on a small-scale physical exhibition in Patan making a more permanent presence in a collaboration with local communities,” she explains.