My practice has expanded from a Graphic Design background to become multidisciplinary during my study at RCA. My research has been grounded through exploration of the bridge between the diasporic and assimilated identities of the British-Nepali diaspora, my work has been extrapolated through cooking, collaging, crocheting, drawing and zines.
I conducted participatory activities in participants' domestic households to situate myself in their environment. To become a facilitator that initiates verbal and non-verbal dialogue among the household members, documented the process through video and audio.
The simplicity of these tools allows them to act as a medium in individual and group participatory activities, for the cultural richness of the dialogue with family members to remain at the forefront. Fostering collective solidarity through conversations on the experiences of as a diaspora.
These activities are to spotlight the perspective of the diasporic working-class immigrants in the modern post-colonial context. An uncovering of the challenges faced during the transitory phase of ‘assimilating’, the yearning for a ‘better life’ cultivating a need to prevent the erasure of the diasporic experience by documenting current history.
A part of my outcome is a Zine that encompasses all my research conducted, readings, experimental making, interviews, and participatory activities. In honour of my late grandfather, Dil Bahadur Thapa, an archiver of Gurkha magazines. Who would teach and prompt me to read Nepali history, his remaining archive has become tangible objects that connect me to him. In the hope to continue his legacy of documenting and archiving, these zines are to re-enter the domestic environment of the participants' homes to become archives.
My aspiration is to continue expanding and exploring other forms of workshopping as a research framework to illicit dialogue, expanding to the wider Nepali community and beyond. To remain curious and partake in the roles of a journalist, facilitator, graphic designer and videographer.