Heide Hinrichs for #kt2017
The Birds of Nepal (Parting the Animal Kingdom of the East), 2017
For this project, one of six volumes with drawings of the birds of Nepal, commissioned by Brian Hodgson between 1830 – 57, temporarily returns to its place of origin after 170 years. These drawings mark the beginning of naturalistic representation in Nepal’s history of art. The visible working process imparts a quality of lightness outside of pure documentation, and traces the collaborative relationships that made the drawings a kind of a collective work.
On the ground floor of the Siddhartha Arts Gallery, one of the appendix volumes to the Birds of Nepal is shown in a display case, turned to a single visible page. The other drawings in the volume are shown as a slide projection on a suspended sheet of Nepali paper hung close to the display case. A wall-sized drawing in pencil, with imagery sourced from the volume on passerines, that shows the birds as negative spaces is accompanying the book’s display.
Further there is an installation made of blue silk threads in different hues,to which feathers from Nepali birds are attached. The threads are reaching from floor toceiling and are hold down by different ornithological field guides to the Indian subcontinent and Nepal produced over the past sixty years following the pioneering wo rk of Hodgson. The feathers attached to the strings are gathered from the streets of Kathmandu. Together, the drawings, the installation, and the display of the book,represent a coexistence of different perspectives, informed by Buddhism, Hinduism, shamanistic beliefs, and a scientifically-informed worldview. The project addresses implied personal, institutional, and symbolic relationships.
A turning of the pages of the book was also held at the Gallery.
The project has been realized in collaboration with the Natural History Museum, London,the support of the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), Germany, and with generous support of Turkish Airlines.
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