The Nepal Picture Library unveiled the launch of the photobook – The Public Life of Women: A Feminist Memory Project. Since 2018, the Nepal Picture Library has been collecting photographs and archival material with the objective of creating an open visual repository of feminist experiences in Nepal. The Public Life of Women, originally curated as an exhibition, showcases selections from this archive. Put together from contributions made by over 150 individuals and organisations, this photobook flashes instances from the past to present touching on events that map the feminist strategy in Nepal.
Containing more than 500 images accompanied by text in English and Nepali as well as a conversation between curators Diwas Raja KC and Nayan Tara Gurung Kakshapati, the volume engages fundamental questions of public memory and feminist histories.
Nayan Tara Gurung Kakshapati, Co-founder and Director of Nepal Picture Library, emphasised the unique potential of the volume saying, “Since its inception, NPL has collected over 150,000 photographs from various private and organisational sources across Nepal. The archive serves as a safe and open repository for materials that can secure a multicultural and pluralist representation of Nepali history”.