the clean hands project


about the project

The Clean Hands Project is a unique visual media initiative designed to empower and mobilize Nepali Dalits.

Since democracy took hold in Nepal in 1990 and with the collapse of the monarchy in 2008, the country has experienced a period of intense transformation. The Dalit movement, which strives for equality among all peoples, has actively applied pressure on the new formed government to keep Dalit interests protected.  Visual media had not played a substantial role in this effort.

In 2008, Jes Therkelsen and Phoebe Gilpin, in collaboration with Jagaran Media Center in Nepal and The Advocacy Project of Washington, DC, provided thirteen Nepali activists with the opportunity and training to use professional video and photography equipment within their communities.

The results were astonishing: over 4000 photographs and 60 hours of video footage, which was transformed into a traveling photography exhibit, a book and an interactive website.

To learn more, please click on the link below.

photograph by JB Bishwakarma