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 December 2018

For Drugkho December 8 2018

For Drugkho, a Tibetan man in his 20s, who self immolated on December 8 2018 in Ngaba, Amdo, Tibet.

He set himself on fire while shouting slogans calling for the long life of the Dalai Lama and freedom in Tibet. ( English) ( Japanese)