Lavkant Chaudhary

Lavkant Chaudhary (b. 1988) is an artist based in Kathmandu and from Sarlahi, Nepal. His art addresses issues related to the history, society, and politics of the Tarai region; particularly as it concerns the indigenous Tharu peoples and their struggle for rights and recognition. Chaudhary’s first solo exhibition “MAASINYA DASTOOR” was held at Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu in December 2019. He also participated in the Students’ Biennale 2018, a part of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale.  In the aftermath of the devastating April, 2015 earthquakes , he worked on a project (as part of "Camp.Hub, Baisakh 12" organized by Artree Nepal) that allowed him to work with the local children in the Thulo Byasi community, and learn about local traditions and the craft of mask making. The culminating project , titled "Vadakuti" , incorporated local materials, stories and memoirs of the children as they related to the earthquakes. This immersive process compelled him to compare and reflect on his own growth as an individual and as an artist. He realized that he wanted to focus on issues related to one's identity, environment and cultural traditions. He completed his BFA from Lalit Kala Campus in 2015 and is currently pursuing an MFA from Tribhuvan University. 

Chaudhary is also a member of Artree Nepal, a collective which uses grassroots interventions to counter hierarchical social structures of religion, caste, class, and gender. The collective has also focused on deconstructing the processes of internal and external colonization in Nepali history, which is obfuscated in mainstream narratives. Their mixed-media installation title “Not Less Expensive Than Gold” was exhibited at the Sydney Biennale 2020.