Kathmandu art exhibition aims at breaking menstruation taboos

Kathmandu, May 30

Untold Period Stories, a digital movement that aims to shift the narratives surrounding menstruation, hosted a live art workshop named Beyond Blood on Sunday, on the occasion of Menstrual Hygiene Day (May 28, Saturday).

The event was co-hosted by For the Menstruators, Operation Period, and Gallery LA, Bauddha, also the venue of the event.

This event aimed to create an inclusive space where personal expression is paired with art and advocacy. Seven artists–Anamika Gautam, Anisha Maharjan, Deepak Thami, Ishan Pariyar, Namrata Singh, Sabita Dangol and Sudar Lama–painted live art based on menstruation.

The event kicks off with the storytelling of Krisha Niroula followed by the poetry performances of Aarju Parajuli and Sundar Lama. Likewise, Louise Nothomb, one of the co-founders of Untold Period Stories, shared the importance of encouraging people to express themselves without fear of being judged. 

“Every time we see menstrual art, the main theme is blood or cultural injustice surrounding menstruation. We want to push the artists and also people to go and see beyond the idea that menstruation is only blood,” says Pooja Bista, one of the co-founders of Untold Period Stories.

The paintings will be displayed in an exhibition in the near future, according to the organiser.

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