Closing Reception: September 7 | 6 – 9 PM
Artist Talk: September 7 | 7 PM
“In the last ten years, 163 people have self-immolated in protest of the conditions inside the Tibetan Autonomous Region in China. Working with the archives of Tibetan activists and advocacy groups, Laura conducted research into the troubling trending practice of self-immolation in the Tibetan community and collected photographs of the self-immolated. These images, usually recovered by activists as low-resolution cell phone images, function as testimony of an act of resistance, and as a critique of the Chinese government’s account of life inside Tibet. Each portrait was printed by hand using handmade charcoal ink. Laura collected charcoal incense, used in Tibetan Buddhist smoke offering rituals, from the Diaspora community following their prayers. The ritual charcoal was ground, sifted, dried, and mixed by hand with traditional ink making mediums, then hand printed onto paper; a labor-intensive process that took several months to complete.”
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