Kashish Das Shrestha, Director of the City Museum Kathmandu, is curating “#Occupy: an exhibition of global conscience.”
Kashish documented #OccupyWallStreet in New York when it first started in 2011. His images from the movement were subsequently published both in New York as well as Europe.
On 25 December 2012, outraged by the news of Sita Rai’s robbery and rape by Nepali government officials as reported in The Kathmandu Post (20 December) by Roshan Sedhai, Kashish co-authored a petition, with Stuti Basnyet, for Sita Rai’s justice and circulated it online. They started posting it online on 26 December and asked people to gather and submit it to the Prime Minister’s office on 28 December 2012. When security forces blocked the effort that morning, journalist Arpan Shrestha tweeted a call to “#OccupyBaluwatar.” The protest thus grew into a 100-day campaign for justice involving other cases too, led by many different individuals and organizations.
In 2001, when a student union was violently attacking schools, Kashish gathered a few friends and engaged in political dissent by erasing their party’s slogans from the walls of Tri Chandra College and replacing it with pro-education and anti-violence messages instead. He has been an active supporter of street art and murals in Nepal and has hosted several events of that form at the City Museum Kathmandu too.
On 14 November 2014, the New York Times reported that Hong Kong’s #UmbrellaRevolution artworks were at the risk of being lost as the Government began to clear up the protest sites. Upon reading this, he immediately requested his contacts to collect what they could from #OccupyCentral #UmbreallaRevolution. By early December a packet had arrived. In it: posters, umbrellas, and even an actual helmet, from the protests – impossible without the proactive effort of Rai Dev Raj (HK Nepali Radio) and his colleague Ambhu Gurung in Hong Kong, and Anushil in Kathmandu.