Sagar Chhetri

Sagar Chhetri, Nepal

“For me, Reset means reconciliation and hope.”

Sagar Chhetri is a Nepali photographer living and working in Kathmandu. In his photography practice, he explores socio-political stories with a particular interest in questions of identity, representation and justice.

“Sagar Chhetri is a keen and committed storyteller. He has a sharp eye that looks beyond the surface and the obvious. He pushes himself to read, ask questions, reflect,” said NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati, founder and director of photo.circle and Nepal Picture Library, and Joop Swart Masterclass nominator.

His 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass is a revisitation of Nepali political history in an attempt to understand and reflect the disenchantment of Nepali people towards the establishment.

2020 Joop Swart Masterclass

For the first time, due to the current global health crisis, the Joop Swart Masterclass is taking place online over a period of four months, and 24 participants and eight masters have been selected to make the program more inclusive.

“I am mostly looking forward to getting to know people who have been through where I am right now. From their experiences, I can learn how to think differently about my existing thoughts and my practice in photography. Besides that, I look forward to engaging myself in a new work, at this time of the pandemic,” Chhetri said.

The educational experience of the Joop Swart Masterclass is based on an assignment to produce a photo essay around a given theme. This year the theme is ‘Reset’.

“For me, Reset means reconciliation and hope,” he said.

From July to October 2020, the participants will work on their projects and receive mentorship and guidance from the mentors. The final projects will be presented in November 2020. Learn more about the 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass