Towards the last two months of my last visit to India in the spring of 2012, I encountered the Tibetan community in exile in India experiencing painful news of their people self-immolating in fire one after another in China-occupied Tibet. My experiences in the past visits in India (drawing a cremation site in Varanasi, documenting fire pits, cremation alters, and contemplating on life and death around fire) synchronized with this particular movement, an extreme way of ‘offering’ their bodies to ‘fire’ for asking freedom and peace.I could not help drawing large and small drawings as emotional response and with a sense of mourning.
After coming back to Vancouver, the self-immolation kept happening and I felt that my personal and professional task is not finished.
I have come back to India to continue to document and draw under the same theme. firstname.lastname@example.org
26 October 2012
25 October 2012
Sad news came on 26th to Dharamsala.
Before hearing the news, I had a strong urge to do this drawing and painted a flame behind embracing two people.
24 October 2012
22 October 2012
how long will it keep increasing
Such extreme and painful act of offering one's body
No violence protest for peace and again suppression in fire
Millions of eyes witnessing of human suffering
20 October 2012
14 October 2012
55th self-immolation in the Land of Snows
Many human beings are killed or die in suffering all over the world
These people sacrifice their bodies for wishing freedom and peace for their people and country
Amount of will and tolerance are beyond my imagination
Standing here with candle light and prayers
6 October 2012
He raised slogans demanding freedom for Tibet and the return of H.H.Dalai Lama, the same way as 53 self-immolaters did.
Send prayers for peaceful resolutions in the troubled land.