LDB Sessions

An ode to the Late Makuna, the Elephant Don of Koshi, Priyanka Bista along with Collective Work from Nepal and Pittsburgh

19 Jun 2023 11:00 - 19:00 Care Pavilion, Mezzanine, Somerset House

11:00-19:00 - Exhibition

In Koshi Tappu, Makuna, a wild bull elephant, died from electrocution in 2021. Unfortunately, this is a typical fate for wild elephants migrating through a human-dominated landscape in Nepal. This session will focus on understanding the overwhelmingly anthropocentric relationship between humans and elephants. Paying tribute to the late Makuna, this session will bring forward local and global understanding of this conflict. 

The drawings were drawn by Priyanka Bista, Ann Mulgrew, and Mai Tian. In addition, the films feature stories by local community members of Koshi Tappu. 

Part of the Entangled Stories of the Anthropocene programme by Care Pavilion.

Entangled Stories of the Anthropocene brings light to the complex, conflicted, and intertwined relationships shared between both marginalised human and nonhuman stakeholders coexisting in Koshi Tappu, Nepal. From mugger crocodiles, rock pythons, elephants to poachers, weavers, farmers, and fisherfolks, this series will give platform to the many voices and stories with the hopes to rewrite and recreate new collaborative multispecies stories.

Koshi Tappu Learning Grounds. This series has been supported by the Frank-Ratchye Further Fund from the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Carnegie Mellon University, KTK-BELT studio, and Care Pavilion at London Design Biennale 2023.

Initiator: Priyanka Bista

Contributors from Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture, USA, Jiayin Zhi, Ankitha Vasudev, Jing Jing Wu, Brenna Robinson, Mai Tian, Ann Mulgrew, Mari Kubota.

Contributors from the Vertical University Project, Nepal, Rajeev K Goyal, Ganga Limbu, Kishor Sharma, Nitesh Singh, Amrita Sardar, Anjali Chaudhary, Anish Timsina, Raj Kumar Singh, Jiwan Bishwakarma, Dorpati Mehta, Ashok Mukhiya, Gulabi Mukhiya, Chakra Timsina, Arjun Kumar Karki, Binda Devi Sardar, Anar Devi Sardar, Parwati Devi Sardar, Narayan Khatwe, Sarita Devi Sardar, Bhisma Adhikari.

Care Pavilion, no special booking needed