Georgian artist Tamoonz featured in international street art festival in Nepal
12 January, 2017
Famous Georgian artist and illustrator Tamoonz (Tamuna Tsakhnakia) was featured in the first large-scale international street art festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, and left her unique mark of Georgian art on the wall at one of the streets as well as in the historic palace of the city. This awesome footage by Frozen Cactus features Georgian artist creating mural in Nepal. Georgian Journal contacted Tamoonz to unveil more details about the
festival and her journey to South Asia.

“The street art festival named PRASAD 2016 was organized by local street artists (Artlab life) and lasted from August to September. Both local and European artists participated in the festival that included painting in the streets, carrying out workshops as well as exhibitions. The main location was old palace Bal Mandir that was damaged by heavy earthquake and eventually was transformed into an art location by the local artists.

- How did you take part in the festival?

- I got an invitation from the organizers to take part in the festival. I created a mural at one of the crowded streets as well as painted a wall in one of the rooms in the old palace Bal Mandir. Artists from different countries, such as Belgium and France were present at the festival as well. I was invited to Nepal after I took part in another major international street art festival in Belgium in 2012. Each of the participants had a private photographer, operator and an assistant. I also delivered a speech about street art in Georgia at the festival.
Tamoonz's artwork at old palace Bal Mandir
Tamoonz painting in the street in Kathmandu

- You left Georgian inscription together with your artwork. How was it perceived by the locals?

- Even though I could not write it as beautifully as I would like to and it was quite hard  to transfer Georgian script because of the rough surface, people were simply captivated by Georgian writing. Everyone liked it and asked me questions like ‘what does this script mean?’ and ‘in which language is it written ?’. They unanimously admitted the beauty of Georgian alphabet. I nearly cried with happiness. I wrote this text, because I wanted to leave something Georgian there. This field of art has started evolving in Nepal lately, similarly to Georgia. The locals used to create political stencils and texts before, but now they are already creating incredible artworks. I met many talented and passionate artists there.
Georgian script done by Tamoonz in Nepal

Video courtesy of Frozen Cactus

View full video of Street Art Festival in Kathmandu

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