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Residencies and Research Trips: On the Move Again

Sagar Chhetri on Research Trip to Switzerland

Sagar Chhetri
Photo credit: Nishant Shilpakar

Screenshot, 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass (c) Sagar Chhetri

Sagar Chhetri is a documentary photographer based in Kathmandu, Nepal. He is interested in making works based on socio-political issues in his homeland.

He is currently associated with photo.circle, a photography platform in Kathmandu, Nepal. He was a recent visiting artist fellow with Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University, just before the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2018, he became one of the recipients of the Magnum Foundation Fund. He participated in the 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass organized by World Press Photo.

Sagar Chhetri is currently on a research trip to Switzerland from 13 Jan – 10 Feb 2022. For his research trip, Sagar had initially planned to base himself in Davos to closely observe economic diplomacy around the site where World Economic Forum was supposed to be held. However, the spread of Covid-19 meant the WEF moved online, leading him to improvise his course. Part of Chhetri’s research now involves taking numerous video footage/images around Switzerland to “paint a picture of such a day lived between two sleeps where we’re to be conscious of our surroundings, both wakeful and aware.” In this case, he is aiming to create a travelogue while going through thoughts of uncertainty, temporality, and a fear of the unknown.

Follow Sagar on instagram @saagarchhetri


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