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
9 February 2016
26 January 2016
He was severely burned and passed away on December 9th. He was survived by his wife, Dolma, and 3 children.
I saw a picture of Karma monastery surrounded with green and cliff behind. Some of green trees looked like willow trees. So I drew them from your head, wishing you grow back like those green trees again.
Note: Tenzin Phuntsog's will
"If Khenpo Lodoe Rapsel, Namsey Sonam and all the monks and nuns of Karma Gon Monastery, the true and un-mistakable practitioners of Buddhist dharma, have to endure torture and imprisonment like this, then it is better for all of us at Karma Gon Monastery to die. I, the despicable Tenzin Phuntsok, write this with loyalty.
13 January 2016
One day a big storm came
River flooded, swallowing people, animals, and everything
The beloved bridge was split into half in the middle
Those survived kept a small butter lamp in each heart
that would never go off
With light of butter lamps
They gathered threads of hope
day by day to weave a little bridge
They never gave up. They kept walking and will keep walking
26 December 2015
The art video will be in public in the next year.
I post this with a sincere wish that the true peace prevails on the earth.
In thought of all these fellow humans who sacrificed their lives for human dignity, justice, and others' well-being.
At last, I would like to express my deep gratitude for two young artists, Mona and Jose, who have helped me to make these drawings 'alive'.
3 December 2015
It is said that she may have set fire to herself in the same place that monk Tsewang Norbu from Nyitso monastery self immolated on August 15 in the same year.
As her body was burning, Palden Choetso called for the long life of the Dalai Lama, Freedom, and for the Dalai Lama return home.
She passed away soon after her protest.
Afterwards, a group of nuns lead a protest and thousands of local Tibetans carried out a candle vigil early in the morning of her funeral on November 6th.
The video, which came out from there, shows her standing on the street engulfed in flame.
A woman in chuba ( Tibetan traditional dress) walks up to Palden Choetso's burning body and throws a kathak(Tibetan white scarf for offering and blessing).
On the dark street and against the fierce flame, the white kathak flied in the air like a white pigeon of peace. May peace come to your land soon, someday, Ani la.
9 November 2015
He set himself alight and shouted slogans calling for the Dalai Lama's return to Tibet during a religious ceremony at the time of a Cham dance. Hundreds of local people were in attendance.
He was taken back to the monastery to be taken care and monks and laypeople tried to prevent Chinese police from detaining him.
He survived from this protest and the photo of him with his father at home came out to the exile side after less than one year. The picture showed a gaunt Dawa Tsering with his chine and throat shriveled up with dark patches.
"His future remains unknown and uncertain because he might not be allowed to return back to his monastery. Instead, he could be jailed at any time"
I think of him, wondering how he is now after four years. I hope he carries light in his heart no matter what struggles he faces. He is so far away and our hands can not reach him easily.
1 November 2015
19 October 2015
52 drawings from 'Drawings from Dharamsala' will be exhibited in Hong Kong as a part of The Third Tibet Film & Cultural Festival 2015.
"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):
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)