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.

26 October 2012

For Lhamo Tsetan

For Lhamo Tsetan

'Chinese security and armed forces immediately arrived at the protest site but the local Tibetans gather around the body of Lhamo Tsetan to prevent the Chinese force from taking his body away' ( from Phayul)

For Tsehak Kyab and Lhamo Tsetan

For Tsehak Kyab and Lhamo Tsetan who self-immolated in different hours in Sangchu district, Amdo on October 26th

25 October 2012

For Tsepo and Tenzin

For Tsepo, 20 yrs old and Tenzin, 25 yrs old, two cousins who self-immolated together in Driru District,  Kham on October 25th.

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

for Dorjee Rinchen

For Dorjee Rinchen, 57 yrs old,  self-immolated in Labrang, Sangchu county, Amdo
on October 24th

22 October 2012

for Dhundup

for Dhundup, 61 yrs old, who set himself on fire in Sangchu County, Amdo on October 22nd

57th self-immolation
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

for Lhamo Kyab

For Lhamo Kyab, 27 yrs old,who self-immolated in Sangchu county on October 20.  Father of two young girls

14 October 2012

for Taemdin Dorgee

For Taemdin Dorgee, 52 yrs old, who self-immolated in Tsoe region in Kanho, Amdo on October 14th

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

for Sangay Gyatso

For Sangay Gyatso, 27 yrs old, a father of two, who set himself on fire in Tso region of Kanlho, Amdo on Oct 6

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.

4 October 2012

for Gudrup

For Gudrup, age of 43, who self-immolated in Nugchu on October 4th

From his will left behind:
"We have nothing but sense of loss and anger, sadness and tears'

How an we decrease the cycle of suffering in self, others and world?