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Photo Kathmandu 2015, Nepal’s first photography festival, is promoting this Special Print Sale to raise funds to support the rebuilding of heritage sites in the historic city of Patan. All funds will be directed towards the Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KVPT), the only organization of experts in Nepal dedicated to the preservation of its architectural heritage.
Patan was founded in the third century BC by the Kirat dynasty, expanded by the Licchavis in the sixth century and then by the Mallas during the medieval period. Its winding alleys take you through thriving courtyards, temples, artisan workshops and public squares. Patan has many historical structures that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. And, in the streets and squares of Patan, elders gather every evening to chat, lovers meet under temple awnings, and children play amid lively worship and cultural celebrations.
The earthquakes on April 25, and May 12 caused significant damage to many heritage sites and community spaces across the Kathmandu Valley. While the government may restore some of these, hundreds will be neglected. KVPT and the Photo Kathmandu team believe that to restore this cultural center will require a much larger investment. This fundraiser is the first step to make that restoration a reality.
The archival photographs featured in this Special Print Sale have been curated from the Nepal Picture Library and the Peace Corp Nepal Photo History Project. As art objects they are remarkable and rare; as mementos of a rapidly evolving way of life they are beautiful and unusual. And, as records of spaces irrevocably altered by the earthquakes, they are priceless. Photo Kathmandu attempts to give life to this archival material, empowering the past to lend a hand to the future.
Please support this effort by buying a print, or two, or three! Please also share this call with family and friends, and with connoisseurs of history and the arts. Funds raised through this Special Print Sale, will be directed to our implementing partner Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KVPT) to contribute towards the rebuilding of Patan.