Saturday May 20th and Sunday May 21st from 12-3pm,
Lyra Art Studios (133 Delaine Street, entrance on Appleton) is proud to showcase the work of Nepal artist Ajit Kumar. Ajit will be here to talk about his work and about his efforts to raise money for earthquake survivors. We are also honored to have Robin Low with us to show some photographs of the relief effort as well as his role in helping to bring this art to the United States to raise awareness of the work that still needs to be done.
Lumbini World Peace Forum and Civil Innovation Lab will be running Art Impact – Nepal – an International photo and photography exhibit. Traditional paintings, photos and handicrafts will be for sale at the show, and the proceeds will go towards building residential art studios in Lumbini and other damage villages to allow villagers to learn and make handicrafts to earn more money to rebuild their homes.
This exhibit at Lyra Art Studios in Providence from May 20th to 21st, will feature art work by Ajit Kumar, top cultural award winner in Nepal 2016 and survivor of the Nepal Earthquake, and photos after the earthquake by Robin Low, co-founder of Civil Innovation Lab. There will also be handicrafts and products made by survivors living in temporary shelters in Nepal.
Artists from Nepal will be at the show, and they will talk about Nepalese art, and how the earthquake affected their art. They can also update on the progress on the Nepal earthquake recovery 2 years after.
“Many people have donated generously to support the earthquake survivors, however more than 95% of the homes destroyed are not rebuilt yet.” Mr Low said. “Many survivors live in harsh conditions due to the inefficient bureaucracy in place.”
“Conscious Consumerism – a concept which I want to change the public’s perception, from the traditional model of ‘donor-recipient’ to ‘conscientiousness buyer-generator of wealth’. When the survivors who make a quality product are able to make a living to support themselves, they can get their dignity back instead of just relying on charity and donations.” Mr Low said.
“Art Impact - Nepal” launched on April 27th, 2016, in Kathmadu. The exhibition will be making its way to other parts of North and South America, Singapore, Malaysia and various parts of Europe.
The exhibition is free and open to the public.