At Kaalo.101, we aim to create a socially conscious, completely independent creative space that uses art to uplift emerging Nepali artists while engaging with our surrounding environment and communities through an accessible, communicative and collaborative exchange.
During our journey on the “black train”, we renovated three traditional Newari houses in Patan DIY-style into a gallery, residency and studios, where we explore intentional and sustainable co-creating and -existence. These spaces are used for a permanent multimedia urban art collection, exhibitions, workshops and innovative artist- and community-led projects. However, we go beyond Kaalo.101’s walls to facilitate festivals in collaboration with MicroGalleries and POW!WOW!Worldwide, as well as exhibits in other abandoned homes around Patan during our project ANTONYMSxVICALANA.
Kaalo.101 is not only a physical space but also a safe and comfortable environment for our diverse and transcultural family of versatile artists and activists. We support people with questions and try to offer a safe environment to present any kind of contemporary art and express criticism by providing solidarity and empowerment. We value the vibe of an accepting and supporting family and don’t try to fit anybody’s ideas about art and society, but explore our own possibilities, values, beliefs and non-hierarchical coexistence.
We encourage individuality and empower people to go beyond what they expect is possible — we aren’t just a gallery but a living, breathing house that aims to make art accessible, challenging and a potential form of expression for anybody. Our house, the art in it and the connected community try to relate Patan’s local culture with a contemporary platform to share experimental works and thoughts. This juxtaposition of our physical and cultural context with contemporary, critical and progressive perspectives, alongside our local and international community of around 200 artists and diverse core members, gives us fertile ground to continually learn, unlearn and relearn from each other and the space around us.
Open for you on Saturdays and Sundays between 11AM-5PM. In the times of a pandemic, please inform us on Social Media or via phone, if you want to visit. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for visits beyond these timings, collabs, talks and small revolutions!
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