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May 9, 2024

‘Coming Home’ photo exhibition opens

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Ambassador Felicity Volk along with visitors going through a story of a participant at the Coming Home photography at Patan on Thursday.
Ambassador Felicity Volk along with visitors going through a story of a participant at the Coming Home photography at Patan on Thursday.

Australian Ambassador to Nepal, HE Felicity Volk, inaugurated a photo exhibition entitled “Coming Home” today being exhibited at Maharani Chowk of Patan Museum in Lalitpur.

The exhibition will go for display from 9-16 May.

Australian Ambassador with artist Jo Rankine (second row, third from left) with persons whose Australia-Nepal journey stories and photos are on exhibition at Patan on Thursday.

The exhibition comprises the stories of Nepalis who have returned from Australia to contribute to their local communities and Nepal’s prosperity, said in the press the release of the Embassy of Australia in Kathmandu.

Coming Home was conceived and created by Australian artist and documentary photographer, Jo Rankine, with funding from the Australian Embassy.

Through photographs and interviews, the exhibition traces the journeys of Nepali alumni who studied in Australia as privately funded students or recipients of prestigious Australia Awards scholarships, and who have come home as skilled entrepreneurs, community workers, chefs and designers to create new opportunities in Nepal.

The photo-exhibition would encourage other young people with plans to study and work overseas, to hold fast to Nepal as their final destination, Ambassador Volk hoped.

“Australia delights in its Nepali students and communities, but we are keenly aware how important it is for Nepal’s long-term prosperity and well-being that talented professionals come home and take up opportunities here,” envoy said.

“I celebrate those eleven individuals whose efforts, perseverance and achievements are showcased in Coming Home. Their stories are an inspiration to others to acquire global training, experience and networks, and to bring all of that back to Nepal.”

Jo Rankine, who is completing a Bachelor of Craft and Design at Kathmandu University said, “Coming Home invites viewers to reflect on the possibilities of a better future for Nepal and its people. It aims to create a shift in thinking around the current exodus of young people, to show the positive impacts of returning home after studying and working abroad, and to celebrate the hard work and courage of those who return.”

“The stories featured in the exhibition and many hundreds of thousands of such stories across Nepal, confirm that returning home from abroad does not make you a failure, but opens up new opportunities to explore your capabilities,” she said.

The exhibition of photos will also take place at Bhugol Park, New Road in Kathmandu from 17-23 May, the release added.

(Images are of the Embassy)