THE CAGE: 2075 CIVIL PRESS
Experiments over documentation
2075 Nepali Archive was born in October 2018, two years after the conversation between Julián Barón and Rohan Thapa. 2075 NA has the intention to use images that have had a circulation, a past life. By using a photo copy machine this images survive bringing new meanings. Any document that is photocopied is converted into a imagetext, that is reborn, free and expands the characteristics of the image. We could say that the images form new life, saṃsāra.
2075 NA aims to address the paradigm of time as a constantly spinning helix, a natural cycle recurring ad-infinitum. Nepal, a diffuse territory long ensnared in political tensions with India and China, and with a modern history marked by absolute monarchy, civil war and democracy, has synthesized its identity primarily through rituals, religion, language, and nature. In today’s global age, tourism, agriculture, and labour migrations are among its chief socio-economic drivers, and the society faces a constant pressure to re-imagine itself.
2075 NA serve the purpose of civil visual liberation, by establishing a platform wherein the citizens of Nepal contribute to create a visual archive. The labor behind the Archive is focused on working with images reproduced by xerography, as a conscious act to democratize photography and create a proletariat archive of working class images. Experiments over documentation.
Within the workshop program of PhotoKathmandu 2018, THE CAGE: 2075 CIVIL PRESS coordinated by Alejandro Acin (IC-Visual Lab), Julián Barón and fixed by Rohan Thapa (Nepal Point, Photography Art Center), in collaboration with students from Kathmandu University School of Arts and Education. In Kathmandu, THE CAGE’s team behaved like a NEWSROOM encouraging local citizens to visually respond to contemporary sociopolitical issues. By activating the 2075 NA which is composed of official, unofficial, cooperative, community, and personal images – both physical and digital, where participants have produced an experimental publication and series of public interventions to disseminate the results.
In pursuit of a more egalitarian ideal, THE CAGE / NEWSROOM propose a collective visual analysis, which entails understanding how social identities come to exist in relation to one another; how those social interactions produce marginalization and prosperity for different groups; and how unequal power structures are sustained, reconfigured and reproduced over time.
THE CAGE TEAM: Rohan Thapa, Sarbesh Dhungana, Sujan Chitrakar, Alejandro Acin, Anjila Manandhar, Hitesh Vaidya, Julián Barón, Diwas Maharjan, Tashi Lama, Nikash Yonjan, Rupesh Man Rajiv Singh, Riya Riiya Dhungel, Pooja Duwal, Yashaswee Shrestha and Sujaan Shrestha.
You can see some of the videos of the process on our Youtube Channel.