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Subash Thebe Limbu
An indigenous Yakthung person with long hair, silver earrings, traditional white scarf with blue and pink star patterns.
Date and place of birth
b. 1981, Dharan, Yakthung Nation, Eastern Nepal
Current location
Between Newa-Tamsaling Nation (Kathmandu) and London
Year(s) of residency and/or fellowship
202223, Democracy Machine Fellow; 2022, VH Award Resident

Subash Thebe Limbu is a Yakthung (Limbu) artist from Limbuwan, eastern Nepal “quantumly” based in Newa Nation (Kathmandu) and London. His practice spans sound, film, music, performance, painting, and podcasting. The artist’s works are inspired by socio-political issues, resistance and science/speculative fiction—migration, climate change, and indigeneity or “Adivasi Futurism” as he calls it, are recurring themes in his works. Through his works, he aspires to contribute towards struggle and resistance started by marginalised and indigenous peoples, elders and ancestors for identity, dignity and sovereignty.

During the Eyebeam Democracy Machine residency, Subash has been working with his community and Yakthung Cho Sangjumbho (Yakthung Art Society) to run online language classes for young Indigenous people from his community and beyond. It is a part of continuous engagement and conversation on language, story-telling, and decolonization that Eyebeam fellows of 2022/23 are pursuing.

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