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.

19 October 2015

"Drawings from Dharamsala" @ The Third Hong Kong Tibet Film & Cultural Festival 2015

52 drawings from 'Drawings from Dharamsala' will be exhibited in Hong Kong as a part of The Third Tibet Film & Cultural Festival 2015. 

Tomoyo Ihaya
"Drawings from Dharamsala"
@Yueh Chiao Art Gallery, Shaw College, CUHK
November 2nd to 11th 2015

Organized by Dorothy Hui Sin Ming, Hong Kong Stand with Tibet, co-operate with Student Union of the Chinese University of Hong Kong . 

以下是所有海報及場刋資料(Posters and Boucher):


Event Page:

破牆特刊(採訪內容,地界及自焚) / 採通(Break Wall Magazine)

西藏處境:(Situation in Tibet)

展覽作品: (Exhibition Art Work)