In May 2014 we spent one month in Bainsighat, a slum situated in Kathmandu the capital city of Nepal. The area was built in the 80s on the banks of the sacred Bagmati river. Today roughly 800 people live in the neighborhood’s 156 small houses which are either made of wood or bricks. The river banks are highly polluted with mountains of fermenting and burning rubbish.
In this third episode, we went deeper in our interaction with the urban environment. Instead of painting one word on one house, some murals were painted on 2, 3 and up to 10 houses. Because of the central location of the slum, tourists, school kids and commuters visited the neighborhood to have a look at the art. This created a lot of interaction with the inhabitants. Also, thanks to the Nepal Children’s Art Museum, a group of about 20 young artists from Kathmandu came to Bainsighat to paint their first outdoor murals, creating further interaction with the people, and a very colorful neighborhood.
Towards the end of the month, we painted the entrance of a Hindu temple. The 250 year old building stands on the Northern edge of the slum and the local priest decided that the symbols of the sun and the moon should be painted, instead of the usual word, because of the number of window making it impossible to fit one big word.