VIENNA, January 16, 2019 - Kunda Dixit, one of Nepal’s leading journalists, editors and media specialists, and founder-editor of the weekly newspaper the Nepali Times, used photojournalism to document the consequences of the decade-long (1996- 2006) civil war between Maoist insurgents and government forces that resulted in 16,000 deaths, nearly 2,000 people who disappeared, tens of thousands of wounded, and hundreds of thousands of displaced persons. Most of the victims were civilians.
From the interactive archive of the Nepal Conflict
A collection of photographs, entitled Frames of War, was displayed in the Nepal Peace Museum that he created in Kathmandu. Unfortunately, the building was severely damaged in the 2015 earthquake and since then the material has been in storage. A selection of photographs, entitled Nepal’s Civil War: a post-conflict photographic retrospective, was shown in November- December 2013 at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. By this time, the original exhibition and the travelling version (A People War) had been seen by nearly half a million people in Nepal, spurring national discussions about reconciliation and the notion of peace in a deeply divided society. Kunda Dixit has recently informed us that he is trying to restart the museum, both in a building as well as a virtual peace museum, in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania. For more information, see the article, ‘From a Museum of Peace, Images of Nepal’s Civil War’. Also, for an interactive archive of the Nepal Conflict (1996-2006) click here.
Kunda Dixit’s Nepal Peace Museum is not related to the project for the creation of Peace Museum Nepal, initiated by Liska Blodgett, founder of Peace Museum Vienna (PMV). The coordinator of Peace Museum Nepal, Navin K. Jungali, was inspired to work towards its creation following an internship at PMV. An artist (painter and sculptor) and peace activist, he worked for the Nepalese Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction; another member of the team is Bishnu Bishwokarma, a well-known Nepalese artist and painter. For more information, consult the INMP website: https://sites.google.com/view/inmp-museums-for-peace
Source: International Network of Museums for Peace (INMP)