Mekh Limbu (b. 1985) is a Kathmandu-based interdisciplinary artist originally from Dhankuta. Coming from the indigenous Limbu community, his work often addressed the systematic suppression of indigenous identity within contemporary politics. He also uses his art as a bridge to communicate between older and newer generations concerning language, ritual, and history. Limbu’s practice draws from archival texts, images, videos, and audios in order to subvert conventional representations of indigenous peoples. His works also document the ramifications of Nepal’s labour migration industry on his family, underscoring the estrangement of relationships and the breakdown of indigenous societies that has unfortunately become common for many Nepali households.
Limbu received his MFA from the Central Department of Fine Arts, Tribhuvan University in 2012. As a member of the collective Artree Nepal, he was a part of the Biennale of Sydney 2020 and the Dhaka Art Summit 2020. Limbu has exhibited at Waley Art, Taipei (2019); Weltmusem Wien, Vienna (2019); Kathmandu Triennale (2017); Moesgaard Museum, Aarhus (2016); and the Serendipity Arts Festival’s “Young Sub-Continent project,” Goa (2016). As the recipient of the Kathmandu Contemporary Art Centre’s Residency Scholarship in 2012, his series “ Sequential Dissonance” was exhibited at the Kathmandu International Arts Festival and the Siddhartha Art Gallery. Limbu is also a lecturer at the Central Department of Fine Arts, Tribhuvan University.