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I WANT TO DIE IN MY OWN HOUSE | 2017

 
 

Subas Tamang's work I Want To Die In My Own House (2017) uses the traditional form of a slate roof - a motif of vernacular architecture formerly prominent in his native Nepal and elsewhere in South Asia - when immortalising his parent's labour and dreams by carving their image into stone.

2-10 February 2018  |  subas tamang  |  dhaka art summit 2018

 
 
 
 
 
 

Subas Tamang's work I Want To Die In My Own House (2017) uses the traditional form of a slate roof - a motif of vernacular architecture formerly prominent in his native Nepal and elsewhere in South Asia - when immortalising his parent's labour and dreams by carving their image into stone. The work is an autobiographical commentary on the dreams of thousands of family members in Nepal who move from small villages to bigger towns and cities, or even abroad, in the search of a better life. When people move, they usually rent a room as part of the struggle for survival. The continuous challenges of securing their daily needs and a decent livelihood for their families while nursing a hope to have a permanent roof above their heads, often traps such families in an unending cycle of struggle. The money that overseas Nepali workers send home keeps the country afloat, and the dreams of one day being homeowners help them to endure adversity.

Commissioned and produced with support from Samdani Art Foundation for DAS 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Samdani Art Foundation.