Sheelasha Rajbhandari

Sheelasha Portrait Photo

Sheelasha Rajbhandari is an artist and curator based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Sheelasha's works draw upon an embodied and speculative lineage of femininities to question the positioning of women across time, landscapes, and cosmologies. Her practice is a provocation to reflect beyond the neo-liberal conception of time in order to decenter patriarchal structures that perpetuate cycles of industrial extraction and individual exhaustion. For her, art-making is about making space for collective action. This questioning feeds into her recent artistic and curatorial approach that recomposes notions of Indigeneity, gender, worth, and productivity.

Sheelasha is one of the curators for the 17th Biennale Jogja 2023 and Colomboscope 2024. She co-curated the Kathmandu Triennale 2077, Nepal Pavilion at Venice Biennale (2022), and "Garden of Ten Seasons" at Savvy Contemporary, Berlin (2022). Her textile installation was exhibited at the Museum of Art and Design in New York (2022) and Footscray Art Center in Melbourne ( 2022). She has also been an artist in residence at the Bellas Artes Projects (2019) and Para Site (2017). Sheelasha is also the co-founder of ArtTree Nepal, an artist collective, and also Kala Kulo, an arts initiative.