Art Exhibition Challenges Social Norms: ‘Caste System and Sexuality: Resistance Through Art’

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Kathmandu, Dec 1: In a bold move challenging societal norms, the ‘Caste System and Sexuality: Resistance Through Art’ exhibition has opened its doors at the NAFA exhibition hall in Naxal, Kathmandu. Jointly organized by Samari Uthan Sewa and the National Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), this week-long event aims to raise public awareness on the issues faced by the LGBTIQ community within the Dalit communities.

The organizers emphasize the significance of shedding light on the challenges faced by LGBTIQ individuals within the Dalit communities. Through this exhibition, they seek to challenge stereotypes, foster understanding, and advocate for the rights of this often marginalized group.

NAFA, one of the organizing entities, expresses the exhibition’s goal of using art as a powerful medium to raise a voice against the persisting caste system. The displayed artworks, created by 40 artists, including those from the LGBTIQ Dalit communities, carry symbolic messages that address discrimination against Dalit sexual minorities.

The paintings showcased at the exhibition serve as a powerful means of conveying symbolic messages. Each piece contributes to the broader narrative, shedding light on the discrimination faced by Dalit sexual minorities and encouraging society to rethink its attitudes towards these communities.

Minister for Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation, Sudan Kirati, inaugurated the exhibition, acknowledging the societal shifts occurring regarding caste and gender disparities. He encouraged the continuation of such programs, recognizing the transformative power of art in creating awareness.

NAFA Chancellor Naradmani Hartamchhali emphasized the need to move forward academically in eliminating gender and caste discrimination. Acknowledging art as a catalyst for change, he sees academic institutions playing a crucial role in shaping a more inclusive society.

Executive Director of Sewa, Bimala Gayak, highlighted the exhibition’s role in showcasing the artistic abilities of sexual minorities within the Dalit community. By doing so, it aims to enhance advocacy for their rights, creating a platform for public debate on the exclusion and disparities they face based on their sexuality and caste.

The ‘Caste System and Sexuality: Resistance Through Art’ exhibition stands as a testament to the power of art in challenging societal norms and advocating for the rights of marginalized communities. Through the thoughtful expressions of 40 artists, this event prompts important conversations about caste discrimination and the often-overlooked challenges faced by LGBTIQ individuals within the Dalit communities.

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