Photo Kathmandu is very pleased to invite 6 artists to Nepal for a period of 4 weeks to come together and explore intersections between photography, sound, video, writing, performance, poetry and other mediums. The festival encourages artists to experiment, collaborate and respond to each other and the historic city Patan. Artists will live together in Patan, and work with the residency curator Mabubur Rahman (Bangladesh) to create a site-specific body of work that will be included in the main exhibition program of Photo Kathmandu 2016.

Artists will be provided shared accommodation in Patan and a daily meal stipend. They will be provided a shared work space and a production budget for the final site- specific installation. Artists are required to make their own travel arrangements to and from Kathmandu and arrive by 19th September. Residency accommodation will be provided until 28th October which is the end of the main programming week of the festival.


Mahbubur Rahman is one of Bangladesh’s most prolific visual artists and curators of our times. In a career spanning more than two decades, he has shown work around the world, and has had several noteworthy curatorial interventions including several large-scale projects and exhibitions including ‘New Media Festival’ by Britto Arts Trust in 2009, ‘SPACE’ at BRITTO SPACE a Contemporary Art Hub in 2012, Dhaka Art Summit 2014, ‘Cross Casting’ at BRITTO SPACE in 2014 and ‘Chobi Mela’ International Festival of Photography in 2015. Rahman is one the founder-trustees of Britto Arts Trust, the first ever non-profit artists’ run platform in Bangladesh.


Residency dates: 20 Sept – 20 Oct 2016
Festival dates: 21 Oct – 3 Nov 2016
Application deadline: 25th July 2016
Acceptance notification date: first week of August 2016


• Artists working with photography, sound, video, sculpture, installation art, performance art, writing, poetry, and other artistic mediums are encouraged to apply. Oral historians, architects, urban planners and other researchers are also encouraged to consider participating.
• The residency is best suited for practitioners who have an advanced level of their primary craft and who are interested to explore other mediums and collaborate with other artistic processes.
• The residency is open to artists from anywhere in the world.
• Basic conversational English is required.


The selected artists will be provided shared local accommodation from 20 Sept – 28 Oct 2016 (total of 39 days), and a daily stipend of NPR. 800 per day for the residency days (20 Sept – 20 Oct, total of 31 days). Artists are welcome to extend their stay in Nepal beyond 28 Oct at their own expense. Artists must be able to provide for their own travel to and from Kathmandu. The festival is happy to provide a support letter for sponsorship or travel grants. Please indicate in your application if you require this.


• CV (max 2 pages)
• Biography (250 words)
• A one-page letter of motivation stating WHY you want to participate and WHAT you wish to get out of this experience.
• Portfolio (10-15 images that represent your work, along with detailed captions/3-5 sound files/ link to sound cloud or youtube or vimeo, pdf files)
• Additional supporting material should not exceed a 2-page PDF (not compulsory)


• Please send all required application material in one email to mail@photoktm.com with the subject line Artist Residency
• Please ensure your email does not exceed 5MB
• Name all documents with the title of the document and your name (Example:CV_Name, Biography_Name, Motivation_Name)


25th July 2016


We are thrilled to announce our first shortlist for the Photo Kathmandu 2016 Mixed-Media Residency!

Aditi Veena Gupta, India
Arijit Bhattacharyya, India
Ashfika Rahman, Bangladesh
Catrine Val, Germany
Daniel Arthur Panjwaneey, Pakistan
Eileen Quinn, Italy
Hiro Tanaka, Japan
James Baker, Australia
Julia Schuster, UK
Lavkant Chaudhary, Nepal
Lena Dobrowolska, Poland
Lim Paik Yin, Malaysia
Rajan Shrestha, Nepal
Rony Zakaria, Indonesia
Shimul Saha, Bangladesh
Teo Ormond, UK
Ujala Shrestha, Nepal
Utsa Hazarika, India
Valentino Bellini, Italy
Yoan Robin, Belgium
Zishaan Akbar Latif, India

We received a total of 133 applications from 32 countries this year, PHEW. Thank you everyone for your enthusiasm for this residency!

The 6 finalists will be announced next week. Stay tuned!


Here are the six selected participants. Looking forward to this with great excitement!

Arijit Bhattacharyya (India)
Catrine Val (Germany)
Julia Schuster (Austria)
Daniel Arthur Panjwaneey (Pakistan)
Rajan Shrestha (Nepal)
Shimul Saha (Bangladesh)