1-7 February 2013 #641

Everyday epiphanies

There is comfort to be found even in the disorder that defines Nepal
Frédéric Lecloux
FREDERIC LECLOUX
Bandana Sharma sits in an empty classroom in Kalanki, Kathmand (2003).
“Why Nepal? Why do you come back?” I’ve been asked often. I falter, unable to formulate anything neither consistent nor convincing. Disorder. This ‘why’ lies in a nebulous angle of my mind, elusive but dense.


I realise a certain match between my own disorder and the one that defines these towns and villages where I keep coming back, season after season. A certain match with this territory that does not know the void and where auspicious stones have been erected in the few places that were left virgin by the secular hustle: this territory that appeases me.


A lone chair with a pair of trousers in a hotel room in Dharma, Mugu (2006).


Descending from the airport each time I return, shaken up by the traffic jam and the insane driving, suffocated by the racket, the lead and the nitrates, I simply slip into a world where I already exist, soothed in the shadow of its chaos. A world in which I feel recognised. A glance, a dog, a twisted line of ragged walls, a pond, a ladybird on the half-open window of the car, a butcher’s shop on the pavement, the spasms of a bus, the light burn of the tea on the lip. I receive them as solace.

Santosh (left) and Rakesh (right) pose for a photo in the middle of atea garden in Ilam (2011).


Nothing offends me: death, violence, fever, the air drizzling with dust and heavy metals, the overload of the space. I am in the right place. A place that is searching for balance, a balance between order and disorder, between fiction and reality. This is the Nepal I capture on my lens and where I begin to find my answer to “why Nepal?”


www.fredericlecloux.com



Frédéric Lecloux, a Belgian photographer, is displaying almost two decades of his work from Nepal at Alliance Française from 31 January onwards. This text is translated and freely adapted from an excerpt of a yet unpublished French book Ne plus voyager.



Everyday Epiphanies: A Nepal Retrospective

31 January-13 February, 10am to 6pm

Alliance Française, Tripureswo

(01) 4241163/4242832




Some pictures of the exhibition Everyday Epiphanies: A Nepal Retrospective by Frédéric Lecloux







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