Acrylic on Canvas
32” x 44”
BHOJPUR: A Mural dedicated to Yogmaya Neupane
"Having to choose from many interesting stories behind the district, Natalie Wohlstadter decided to focus on a single event in Bhojpur’s history—the jal-samadhi (mass suicide) of Yogamaya Neupane and 68 of her followers in 1941. Neupane is considered the first female revolutionary in Nepal to protest against the government to advocate for women’s rights and gender equality, but has only been recognized recently for her role.
"Through her mural, Natalie wanted to “shed light on the tragic history of women’s rights, putting the present gender issues of Nepal into perspective”.
A Marigold Offering
A performance in Patan’s Durbar Square with a dress I designed- hand sewn from marigold flowers used for puja, offerings to the hindu and tantric gods.The performance was received as an offering in itself, as I passed out flowers to the people of Durbar Square. The response was generally one of awe, interest, and blessing. Many people asked what religion I was- curious to understand the purpose of my performance. Although I come from a Jewish family my performance was to pay homage to the beautifully vibrant rituals and traditions of Hinduism and Tantrism celebrated in Nepal. I also wanted the performance to be a gift honoring the community of Patan to show my deep gratitude I feel for the hospitality and warmth I have received during my stay here, making me feel so much at home in such a seemingly unfamiliar place.
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Photographs by Joy Lynn Davis, http://joylynndavis.com/