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.

12 September 2013

solo exhibit in Bhopal, India

Drawings from Dharamsala, which were made between September 2012 to January 2013 mainly in Dharamsala, will be shown in Bhopal, MP, India. Those drawings are dedicated to Tibetan people who sacrificed their lives for freedom and peace in their motherland and for their people. Please drop in if you are nearby.....or come in spirit.

Dates: September 24th to September 29th
2 pm to 8 pm
@ Bharat Bhavan Arts Complex Gallery

Organized by Bharat Bhawan, a part of ROOPANKAR)