This Country is Yours

We are very pleased to invite you to the opening of a multimedia exhibition by photographer Surendra Lawoti titled THIS COUNTRY IS YOURS.

5:30 PM | THURSDAY, 15 MAY 2014

THIS COUNTRY IS YOURS takes Kathmandu as the geographic setting during the historic process of writing Nepal’s new constitution. A second Constituent Assembly has been elected to write the constitution by 2017. During this constitution writing process, the exhibition focuses on activists of six social and political movements that inlcude women, indigenous nationalities, Dalits, Madhesis, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex community, and religious minorities.

The exhibition aims to provide a voice amid the tremendous representational deficit faced by these groups in Nepal’s legislature, polity, judiciary, bureaucracy, mainstream political party leadership, security sectors, intelligentsia, and media. By highlighting the activists of the six groups, the exhibition invites a discourse, and encourages equitable representation in Nepal’s constitutional and democratization process.

The exhibition is on view everyday from 11am – 7pm until 1 June 2014.

The exhibition features a variety of programming;


Friday, 16th May | 5:30 – 6:30 pm
In collaboration with Indigenous Film Archive (IFA) THIS COUNTRY IS YOURS presents the screening of “Sweat Drenched Land” by Arun Pradhan. | 32 mins | 2010

Saturday, 17th May | 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Gallery walk- through with the photographer Surendra Lawoti. To register, please email

Thursday, 22nd May | 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Panel discussion on “Visual Representations of Marginalized Groups or Lack There of” moderated by NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati.

Sunday, 25th May | 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Artist talk with photographer Surendra Lawoti.

Saturday, 31st May | All Day
Photographer Surendra Lawoti offers portfolio reviews for Nepali photographers and visual artists. To register or get more information please email


Surendra Lawoti was born in Panchther in 1972. He received his MFA in Photography from Massachusetts College of Art and Design (2005) in Boston, USA. He now lives in Toronto, Canada, where he teaches Photography as an Adjunct Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design University. His work has been exhibited internationally including Gallery 44 and Harbourfront Centre in Toronto; Les Territoires in Montreal; O’Hare International Airport in Chicago; Gallery Kayafas and Tufts University Gallery in Boston; Nepal Association of Fine Arts in Kathmandu; the Goethe-Institut in New Delhi; and Galeria Ateneo Porfirio Barba Jacob in Medellín, Colombia.

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To support the artist with his exhibition This Country is Yours – A Multimedia Exhibition for Inclusive Democracy at Nepal Art Council in Kathmandu and in establishing an art photography market in Nepal, five images from the exhibition are on sale as Special Kathmandu Edition prints.

The images are printed as 11×14 inches Archival Inkjet Prints in an edition of 12.

Each print is signed by the photographer.

Unframed photograph Rs. 15,000
Framed photograph Rs. 16,000

To view images, please visit:


· Browse gallery and select image
· Email and let us know which image you would like to order. Please mention Image No. and Image Title.
· You will hear back from us to let you know if prints are available. Please note that these are Limited Edition prints and sales will be on first-come-first-serve basis.
· Please confirm your order and we will arrange to collect your payment within the next 3 working days.
· Your print will be ready for collection by June 1st.
· You will be the proud owner of a signed Surendra Lawoti print! 

Please support the artist, his work and contemporary Nepali art photography!