Yesterday (two days before the general opening) I held a private view for the staff of Patan Museum. Loads of tea and biscuits and a small speech to encourage them to go in and look around with a sense of entitlement.
Apart from finishing a couple of pieces for the show, these days I'm mostly doing gallery admin: posters, handouts, lists of works. For instance, this is the A4 handout I will make available during the exhibition:
My end-of-residency exhibition officially opens in eighteen days. That's Sunday 29 July. Here's the poster I've designed:
I've decided to do a pre-opening on the 27th only for the museum staff, who have been nosing around, talking between them and wondering what the hell that white guy is doing since I started working here. I don't want them to be put off by all the people in the main opening. I want them to come in and properly, openly nose around.
Talking of nosing around, here's your (virtual) chance, before everything is set up for the show:
One of the interesting things about this residency in Kathmandu is that you get to share your space with a local artist. I'm sharing the studio with Mekh Limbu, a skilled painter and impromptu tree-climber.
We talk art, we look longingly at the occasional bout of rain (the monsoon has started) and we take it in turns to play music. He plays Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and sometimes music from his ethnic group, the Limbu (as it often happens in Nepal, the name of his ethnicity is also his surname). I play Joan Manuel Serrat (a Catalan singer-songwriter) and loads of flamenco, which he likes (check out Enrique Morente's take on Leonard Cohen).
You can see Mekh's work on http://tumsamekh.wordpress.com/work/
Robert Cervera Amblar
Sculpture, installation, writing.