Ashmina Ranjit

阿許米娜·蘭吉特(Ashmina Ranjit)是位來自尼泊爾的跨領域概念藝術行動者(Artivist),透過藝術打破當代尼泊爾藝術對於後現代主義的定義,創作出具挑釁意味的裝置作品與行為藝術來質疑、挑戰與對抗文化成見。其藝術作品表現出她對於社會行動的投入,身為一位藝術行動者,因為其作品在某些程度上受到了文化「他者性」(otherness)的影響,她因此自覺地將自身定位為一位「第三世界藝術家」。從南亞的文化特質中尋找創作主題,透過以過程為導向的創作方式呈現出顛覆文化刻板印象和性別政治的表現。

 

其作品呈現出多元創作媒材的應用,包括裝置、行為、繪畫、版畫、聲音以及錄像,蘭吉特持續的透過作品探討文化角色、社會性別、性向、人權和其他具急迫性的社會政治議題。透過具顛覆性的主題與呈現方式提供觀眾一種不全然是以美學為主的藝術觀看體驗,企圖喚起觀眾對於作品中所代表的身體、族群的一種清晰的不安感的反應。近期的創作透過政治行動進行實驗,從世界公民的角度提出各種質疑。曾於亞洲、澳洲、歐洲和美國展演以及執行多項不同的計劃。

 

於2007年創辦「LASANAA另類藝術社群」,透過群體的力量進行受到政治因素所激發的各種計劃,目的希望在尼泊爾當地形成一股創造力與批評性的力量。於2015年創立名為「NexUs Culture Nepal」的公眾空間,讓透過LASANAA所提出的概念能夠在此空間被實際呈現。

 

兩度獲頒傅爾布萊特獎助學金,蘭吉特也曾多次獲頒其他獎助學金與獎項,並且參與不同駐村計劃,以及在世界各地演講與進行藝術創作。畢業於尼泊爾特里布文大學,再於澳洲塔斯馬尼亞大學取得藝術學士學位,之後於美國紐約哥倫比亞大學獲得藝術碩士學位。

Ashmina Ranjit, a Nepal’s leading conceptual interdisciplinary “artivist” pushes the definitions of the postmodern in contemporary Nepali Art.  Her-in-your-face installations and performances constantly interrogates, challenges and confront cultural stereotypes. Her art is an expression of her commitment as a social activist, as an ‘Artivist’ she positions herself self-consciously as a Third World Artist, influenced to a certain degree by the cultural ‘otherness’ that is embedded in her works. Her subjects are located within such cultural specificity of South Asia, so subversion of cultural stereotypes and politics of gender are critical expressions of her process-driven work.

 

Using a wide range of media - installations, performance, painting, printmaking, sound, and video - Ashmina’s work consistently engages with issues of cultural roles, social gendering, sexuality, human rights and other ever-pressing socio-political issues. Her subversive subjects and presentations are aimed towards a viewing experience that is not entirely aesthetic but meant to evoke a distinct sense of unease as a reaction to such represented bodies. Her recent experimentation as political activism critically interrogates the issues of being a citizen of the world. She has performed and executed various projects in Asia, Australia, Europe and USA.

 

In 2007, Ranjit established LASANAA as an alternative art community to collectively conceptualize politically-in¬spired projects that promote a creative and critical Nepal. She then created NexUs Culture Nepal in 2015 as a public community space to realize and physically em¬body the concepts made possible through LASANAA.

 

Ashmina a two times Fulbright Scholar, has earned many scholarships and award, while participating in various residencies, delivered lectures and accomplished many art projects internationally. She received her MFA from Columbia University, NYC and BFA from University of Tasmania, Australia as well as from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.