Echo of Darkness 2012
Organize by Creative Artist Group,
Illiteracy causes the unemployment, unemployment causes the poverty, Unemployment, the main cause of making brain a devil’s house, to prevent oneself being a useless load, every day around 1200 youths are migrating to foreign land from this small mountainous country Nepal. As a heaven for workers from Nepal, India and Middle East holds major share beside these working in Indian and British forces as “Gurkha soldiers” has been holding over 60, 00000 Nepalese youth worldwide. The more of the shocking fact is that only in Saudi Arabia monthly around 200 Nepali workers loses their life. Due to the lack of benevolent leadership country has been in the vicious circle of political conflict between then the Maoist and government has caused the 15 years civil war. The saddest movement we have noticed that government is taking remittance as a major income and overseas job as a major product to export from the country, which has been a cause for the people to risk their life in foreign land.I am dedicating this performance to those Nepali workers who working in different foreign countries for small amount of money & putting their life in risk. "Echo of darkness" represents their stories, their works, & their pain. For this Performance I used workers' gloves (used one), Hammer, Charcoal, 50 pieces of white cloth & 50 envelops with Nepali workers name from different country's & visitors name.
|150 pairs of used workers gloves, aluminum hangers, pipe lights, rope, ladder|
This event was a satirical performance to the then government controlled media. I got myself into a costume made tight black suit with a mask on I had a photograph of my own smile stuck on my face. There, I lied on the ground with my dress nailed into bulks of wood. I could hardly move since i was unable to see the surroundings clearly with the mask on and the wood was also quite heavy to move. Yet i relentlessly struggled, finally I releasing myself from the wood. Concluding this performance, I carried two of the bulks on my shoulder and went inside an empty hut, took off the mask and came out to the spectators. This black person indicated the then media who unwilling had to suppress the pain of the nation and spread false news supporting the then government.
|Religious conviction is deeply rooted inside human beings from the beginning of the human civilization. The geographical features have played a vital role in shaping up the religions. Therefore, we have various religious beliefs across the world. Though the process and practices of every religion differs from one another, its ultimate aim is to attain spirituality. To display such concept I erected paper tubes of various sizes, all of them mounting towards the sky. Hear, the sky symbolized spirituality and the paper tubs depict different religions. I also had a performance to support the idea of religion and spirituality.|
“Gift from First World” was done by three glass boxes. The cotton buds that were attached with pins were kept in one box, the second box was full with band aid leaves that were fixed by the thump pins, while the real acid inside the eye drop bottles were put in 3rd box. I rapped the 3 boxes with red ribbons and represent them as the gift boxes adding flowers that I made with ribbons as well. I showed my dissatisfaction through a satire way to the rich and powerful countries that look down to the poor countries and try to show that they provide help to the poor which is to me a big contradiction.
150 Photos of Devi lal taken from Gallery's small window, Devi Lal's shirt & one concrete block raping with Band-Aid.
|Sunil Sigdel, Eco of Pain|