Overview participating exhibitions
An Ocean of Possibilities
For over a decade a civil war raged in Nepal. Maoist rebels wanted to depose King Gyanendra and establish a Communist state on the Chinese model. In 2006 the government and rebels signed a peace agreement, followed two years later by the election of an assembly to draw up a constitution. In his series This Country is Yours the photographer Surendra Lawoti followed activists from six different social and political movements in the capital city of Kathmandu – from religious minorities and indigenous peoples to women and the LGBT community – during the writing of Nepal's new constitution in a country that for centuries is being dominated by the ‘highter caste’ Hindus.
Surendra Lawoti (Nepal, 1972) studied photography at Columbia College, Chicago, and the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. He presently lives in Toronto, Canada, where he teaches photography at OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design) University. His work has appeared in various solo and group exhibitions.