Photo Kathmandu creates conversations between the city, its public, its past, and its aspirations.

The festival invites photographers and other practitioners who engage with or through the visual medium to develop, showcase and participate in exhibitions, workshops and symposia, a 6-week residency that starts before the festival, an incubator program for practitioners from across South Asia, a local arts education program for young people in the city, and various popup events among other core and collateral programming.

Photo Kathmandu is committed to the visual, to the public, to history as well as to contemporary practice in all its plurality, to artistic, political and ideological expressions and actions that disrupt and resist but also repair, and to creating time and space to come together to describe the world, and discuss the world with shared concern and agency.

What kind of solidarity and collective imagination might such a coming together make possible? What prospects might this ‘we-feeling’ catalyze, despite or perhaps because of its ephemeral nature?

Photo Kathmandu 2020 will build on these ideas of assemblage, collectivization and the commons. It will platform several collaborative artistic, research and pedagogic initiatives that will feed into on-going local campaigns.

The 4th edition of Photo Kathmandu will take place from 3 – 24 December 2020. The opening week from 3 – 9 December will host most of the core festival programming.