Ready for Takeoff !

Dear Artist, Dear Art lover, Dear Reader, International correspondence is of all times and well-known worldwide. On the occasion of the Kathmandu Triennale, which is Nepal’s premier
platform for global contemporary art, we have invited artists to
participate in a correspondence experiment. The idea is to put people, who cannot participate live at the Kathmandu
Triennale, in contact with participants (artists, visitors, curators,

journalists, …). The aim of this initiative is to link people from all over the world with one another. The experiment will be as follows. First, 24 artists will give a small
letter, work, drawing, video, DVD, note, … to Philip Marquebreuck who
will bring the items to the Kathmandu Triennale. But before doing so, all items will be registered, scanned or photographed and as such will
‘messages’. Once in Kathmandu, the initiators will look for candidates to exchange
the messages (artworks) with. To do so, the help of local artists and
curator Philippe Van Cauteren will be most useful. The candidates who
agree to accept an artwork, will have to answer at short notice (before
the end
of the Triennale). The new artworks will be photographed or scanned and Philip Marquebreuck will then deliver the return-‘post’ to the participating artist. The
photos and scans will be used for a publication which will relate the
result of the production and the travel experience of Correspondence
International. As we are all from this world and as the world belongs to everyone, this new relationship may lead to some great experiences. Let’s hope so and may this experiment bring people from all countries

Ready fo Take


Q or A – Mohammed Alani & guests

CC De Schakel, Waregem

1.3. – 31.1.2019

Is het een vraag of is het een antwoord?

De kunst van Mohammed Alani (Bagdad, 1971) in een bepaalde hoek duwen is onmogelijk. Krijt, stof, gevonden materialen maken zijn oeuvre speels, aantrekkelijk en om over na te denken. Die gelaagdheid is tegelijk aangenaam en uitdagend, en nodigt de kijker uit om het te ontdekken.  Als performer geeft hij de bezoeker of passant ook de mogelijk om te participeren in zijn oeuvre. Vaak is de ruimte te klein en treedt hij dan ook naar buiten, altijd op een unieke manier. Alani woont en werkt in Brussel en toont in zijn kunst vooral het afgelegd parcours sinds zijn aankomst in Brussel. Nooit politiek of religieus gebonden, maar vaak wel met een knipoog naar zijn eigen geschiedenis met een open kijk naar de toekomst.

De solo in het Cultuurcentrum benut de ruimte op een speciale manier/ op een bijzondere wijze. Nieuw werk wordt aangevuld met een aantal performances. Een aantal gasten, soulmates worden uitgenodigd om te antwoorden op een werk van Alani. Tijdens het bezoek aan de expo kan iedereen zelf de performance beleven, ervan proeven en verder delen. 

Ook midden in de Stad/in het centrum van Waregem (?) toont de kunstenaar een aantal ingrepen in de Publieke Ruimte.

Meet and Greet : op vrijdag 29 maart 2019 tussen 18.30 uur en 20 uur maakt Mohammed Alani tijd om u te ontmoeten en u uit te nodigen om in zijn performance te stappen. Een fijne, unieke attentie ligt op u te wachten. 



Great news – Pol Cosmo exploring Kathmandu. 

Pol Cosmo, street artist from Ghent, Belgium was giving some of his great and original drawings of insects for our ‘Correspondence International’-project to Kathmandu. There is not that much known about the identity of this great street artist. He draws beautiful insects that pop up everywhere in the city of Ghent. Today we received the first pics from Kathmandu showing us Pol Cosmo insects in the streets. Thanks to Pramila Lama to share this photo’s.  

En wat zit er in de rugzak ? 

Na zes helse drukke dagen vlieg ik morgen terug naar Brussel. Met een bijzondere ervaring rijker en met een geslaagd experiment. Alle werken (ook het gebroken werkje van Sandra) heb ik kunnen verdelen. De voorbije dagen waren dan naast de expobezoeken, lezingen en het ontdekken van Kathmandu vooral het moment om het antwoord op de werken te verzamelen. Dit is voor een groot deel gelukt. Morgenvroeg krijg ik een laatste werk binnen. De rest zal nadien worden verzonden. Een werk is vertrokken naar de Arabische wereld en krijgt van daaruit een antwoord. We zullen nu eerst alles documenteren en daarna verdelen. Foto’s tones enkele deelnemers aan het project. 

ARTAVAGANZA – Kathmandu Triennale covered by The Nepali Times.

The Kathmandu Triennale puts Nepal and Nepali artists on the world map with a two-week festival of creativity
Smriti Basnet

Gopen Rai

For the past several weeks a colossal mural has come up in Patan Dhoka depicting the combination of lion and human in brilliant colours to illustrate the characteristic they share: pride, one of the seven deadly sins.

Created by street artist Kiran Maharjan, the three-storey painting is one of many works of art that will adorn the streets of Patan and Kathmandu for the next 17 days – part of an international festival called the Kathmandu Triennale. Maharjan’s mural encapsulates what the festival hopes to promote: the existence of art beyond the confines of a gallery space.

“We see Kathmandu Triennale 2017 as an opportunity to develop newer audiences while bringing in art lovers deeper into the passion for art,” said festival manager Nischal Oli. With the theme ‘The City: My Studio/The City: My Life’, the festival is expecting over 70 artists from 25 countries from 24 March – 9 April.

“The focus is on the city because cities all around the world are changing and are in a constant state of flux, how do these changes or status quo affect us as individuals, as citizen or as artists,” explained Sangeeta Thapa, director of the festival.

The Triennale will be centred in four venues: Patan Museum, Nepal Art Council, Taragaon Museum and Siddhartha Art Gallery, as well as other galleries. But in a sense, whole city will be the venue.

“We should not focus on the effect of art, we should just do it,” said Philippe Van Cauteren, curator of the central exhibition of the festival who is also the artistic director of SMAK Museum for Contemporary Art in Ghent, Belgium. He has curated festivals in Chile, Mexico, Germany, Brazil and played pivotal role in giving the Kathmandu festival an international focus.

Srajesh Tuladhar

In the months leading up to the festival, Nepali and international artists have taken the opportunity to make Kathmandu their muse as well as studio space. For artist Sujan Dangol it has been nothing short of an eye-opening experience. Recounting stories and anecdotes of his work with urban refugees in Kathmandu over the past two months, Dangol says he has had a lot to learn.

“People play musical chairs for fun, but in reality we are actually playing musical chairs,” said the artist, who uses the well-known game in his video to depict the harsh uncertainty of people living in tempoerary camps, especially after the earthquake.

Currently overseeing Triennale production at Nepal Art Council, Dangol is busier than ever, working day and night to make the festival a success. “If it there is darkness then it is art that helps bring some light in, it opens a small door,” he said.

Anuj Arora

The Triennale will encompass interactive art forms: Chinese contemporary artist Song Dong will build a model town out of biscuits at Nepal Art Council. In the same venue, Romanian artist Cipiran Muresan will create a city out of paper. By having the audiences eat the biscuits or step on the paper, both artists want to depict how we are making cities unliveable.

British multimedia artist Gaynor O’Flynn will host an interactive show in the earthquake-damaged Basantapur square on the evening of 22 March where the audience will be called to make a pledge for preservation while O’Flynn projects their names on the physical space.

Some exhibitors will focus on Kathmandu’s positive aspects, like Dutch artist Henk Visch. “Art is a mentally free space,” says the artist who has chosen to depict the body, and the pleasures we derive from it, in his works. Visch stumbled on the idea after discovering a book on the Kama Sutra and says he was particularly fascinated with the respect given to the body in Nepal.

Anne Marie, a fourth year student of Srijana College of Art, is helping build the sand sculpture of a sleeping figure outside the Taragaon Museum. “Nepalis usually think that anything beautiful is art. Working with him I have come to learn that there is much more than just the finish or beauty,” said Marie.

Festival organisers plan to include child-friendly spaces, art workshops for the community, performance art, book launch, screening of films, artist talks. But Oli has faced challenges: “The most difficult part were shortages of time and money. There is little state support and private patrons are still not interested in contemporary art.”




el NEGOCITO Records


Founded in 2009 in Ghent, Belgium, it is the offspring of the club with the same name. As collectif el NEGOCITO Records is a vehicle for musicians as Bart Maris, Giovanni Barcella, Kris Wanders, Jeroen Van Herzeele, Erik Vermeulen, Manolo Cabras, Seppe Gebreurs, Ruben Machtelinckx, Heleen Haegenborg among others, and documents a part of the Belgian improvisation & jazz scene.

It brings music lose of boundaries with a strong connection to improvisation and strives to give the artists complete creative freedom so that the music you hear will be as they want you to experience it.



Ilse Verstraete

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Ilse Verstraete is a Belgium artist born in Ghent in 1979.

Her work is based upon self-made images. Attention goes to everyday situations, people, squares … It is often seen as a means to structure a new reality.

Image selection takes up a great part. Choices – sometimes an underlying theme – are a result of intuitive, non-rational contemplation. Things are not always specified. Suggestion, mysteriousness, and intimacy are noticeable.

The work is multi-interpretable.