Tenzing Rigdol in 'Bringing Tibet Home' at Buddhist Film Festival Europe

4 OCTOBER 2014, 7.30pm

Film screening followed by Q&A with Tenzing Rigdol

Buddhist Film Festival Europe
IJpromenade 1
1031KT Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Bringing Tibet Home tells about the extraordinary project Our Land, Our People by artist Tenzing Rigdol. Rigdol set out on a mission to bring Tibet home to its people through an art project involving the smuggling of 20,000 kilos of native Tibetan soil across the Himalayas from Tibet into India, spanning the borders of three countries.

In doing so he forever touches the hearts of many Tibetans living in exile who are unable to return home. This soil was laid out on a platform in Dharamsala where thousands of exiled Tibetans live and took the opportunity to walk on their home soil. For many a reunion, for some, the first time that they set foot on their homeland and for a few, this is probably the last time that they ever see anything of their lost nation. Through this site-specific installation the artist enables the displaced to ‘return’ home.

Although Rigdol’s work examines the plight of the Tibetan people in exile, it has wider resonance, exploring the notion of homeland and how art is intertwined with the political and the social, demonstrating the transgressive power of art as an act of defiance.


Heman Chong participates in Extinction Marathon in Serpentine Gallery

18–19 OCTOBER 2014

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion
Kensington Gardens
London W2 3XA

The Serpentine, together with artist Gustav Metzger – who acts as co-curator and mentor to this year’s Marathon – has invited a world-class line-up of artists, writers, scientists, film-makers, choreographers, theorists and musicians, including Heman Chong, to explore the complex and timely topic of extinction through talks, conversations, performances and screenings.

Extinction Marathon: Visions of the Future will be the ninth in the Serpentine’s annual Marathon series, an ambitious event that brings together the fields of art, culture, science and technology. Approaching the topic through the prism of visual art, Extinction Marathon addresses the philosophical and artistic image of the end and the void, as well as new ways of envisioning and imagining the future. The two-day event, which comprises a non-stop series of 15-minute presentations in The Magazine at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, will be live-streamed by thespace.org.

Image: Benedict Drew, Public Address (video still), 2004, HD video, courtesy of the artist and Matt's Gallery London.


Naiza Khan in 'Et in Arcadia Ego' at Nature Morte Delhi


Nature Morte
A-1, Neeti Bagh, Anand Lok
New Delhi

Et in Arcadia Ego is a group art show by Rohini Devasher, Saravanan Parusuraman, Riyas Komu and Naiza Khan. The Latin title for the show translates as "Even in Arcadia, there am I," referring to the contrast between the ever-present shadow of death and the idle pleasures of Utopia. Et in Arcadia Ego is also the famous title of two pastoral scenes byNicolas Poussin depicting the ideal world of classical antiquity.

The works of these four artists converge on these reference points in a variety of media - video, print-making, installation, photography, and watercolor with the medium of drawing being explored in multiple directions, anchored to the terrain and consequently acting as an examination of the artists' place within the world, be it Utopian or Dystopian. The artistic antecedents hovering in the air are robust, from the neo-classical paintings of Nicolas Poussin, the Dada constructions of Kurt Schwitters, and the neo-expressionism of Jean-Michel Basquiat, while the works also engage with multiple scientific disciplines.

Image: Naiza Khan, The Streets are Rising, 2012-13, oil on canvas, 200 x 256 cm (78 ¾ x 100 ¾ in).


Faiza Butt in 'Ethereal' at Leila Heller Gallery


Leila Heller Gallery Chelsea
568 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001

Curated by Amin Jaffer, ETHEREAL is a group show that offers a new take on the history of South Asian art. The exhibition brings together the transitory, insightful, and spiritual sensibility of works by 16 leading contemporary artists from the region, including Faiza Butt.

The visual arts of the Indian Subcontinent are typically associated with abundant ornament, rich encrustation and riotous colour. However, the region has also given rise to a tradition of quiet restraint, evident both in spiritual practice and in forms of representation, whose cultural manifestations are spare, fragile, and even tentative. Whether sculpture, photography or experimental video, each artwork in this exhibition is marked by an ethereal quality that challenges our senses and questions our perceptions.

Image: Faiza Butt, Pehlwan 5, 2012, ink on polyester film, 58 x 78 cm (22 ¾ x 30 ¾ in).


Lois Conner in Gitterman Gallery


Gitterman Gallery
41 East 57th Street, Suite 1103
New York, NY 10022

“What I am trying to reveal through photography in a deliberate yet subtle way is a sense of history. I would like my photographs to describe my relationship between the tangible and the imagined, between fact and fiction. I’m a born traveler and adventurer, and an obsessive collector and observer of landscape, attempting to twist what the camera faithfully describes into something of fiction.” (Lois Conner)

Over the years, Lois Conner had travelled to all over the world with her camera. From the Badlands in South Dakota to Cappadocia, Turkey; from the rooftops of New York City to the rooftops of Ganden Monastery in Tibet; from the mountains of Guilin, China to the Louisiana bayou. What remains constant is her drive to capture the history and culture of the place as well as draw out the connections between places. In The Long View, Conner enunciates a silent and highly visual narrative in 47 of her signature 7" x 17" panoramas.

Image: Lois Conner, Beijing: Contemporary and Imperial. Order a copy here: US / UK


Heri Dono in 'The Roving Eye at Arter

18 SEPTEMBER 2014-4 JANUARY 2015

İstiklal Cd No:211
Tomtom Mh.
34200 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

The Roving Eye introduces forms, materials, conceptual methodologies, and aesthetic codes commonly featured in the artistic production of Southeast asia. It features installations, videos, sound pieces, photography and performances, a number of which were especially commissioned for the exhibition. The exhibition places particular emphasis on works that embrace experience, interactivity and participation, and argues that a central canon of Southeast Asian contemporary art is its multiple points of view on self and society.

Curated by Lola Lenzi, the exhibition features new and canonical works by 36 contemporary artists from Southeast Asia, including Indonesian artist Heri Dono.

Image: Heri Dono, Orangutan on Real TV, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 125 x 150 cm (49 ¼ x 59 in).


'Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art' at Queens Museum

24 SEPTEMBER 2014-4 JANUARY 2015

Queens Museum
New York City Building
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY 11368

Opening reception: 21 September, 4-7.15pm

Anonymous showcases contemporary Tibetan art from the Donald and Shelley Rubin Collection. In collaboration with curator Rachel Perera Weingeist, the works shown express the unique methods at which contemporary Tibetan artists express themselves in the evolving situation of their nationality and culture. Many Tibetan artists who live in exile are included in the exhibition, reflecting the influence of the local communities on the evolution of their art. 27 artists based in 6 countries are included in the exhibition, including Benchung, Dedron, Gade, Nortse, Tsering Nyandak and Tsewang Tashi in Lhasa, Kesang Lamdark in Switzerland, Palden Weinreb, Tenzing Rigdol and Tsherin Sherpa in USA.

An exciting schedule of events has been planned for the opening reception on 21st September. The film Contemporary Tibetan Art will be screening at 4pm and 6pm. It would be introduced by guest curator Rachel Perera Weingeist and the participating artists. Rachel will also be conducting a tour at 5pm. At 6pm, Tenzing Rigdol will be executing Offerings, which will be performed for the first time in this venue.

Image: Tsherin Sherpa, Untitled, 2014, Gold leaf, acrylic and ink on canvas, 124.5 x 128.3 cm (49 x 50 in).


Heman Chong in 'Countershadows (tactics in evasion)' at Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore


Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
Gallery 1, 2 and TriSpace, Basement 1
1 McNally Street
Singapore 187940

Private view: Friday 19 September, 6.30pm

Countershadows (tactics in evasion) is a curatorial project by Melanie Pocock that looks at art characterised by its evasive concepts and aesthetics. Referring to the graphic technique of countershading, in which gradations of colour are used to camouflage a subject or object, the exhibition explores how exposure and concealment are often intertwined, each paradoxically “revealing” the qualities and axioms of the other. Featuring existing and commissioned installation, video, sculpture, photography, and drawing by artists from Singapore, Countershadows (tactics in evasion) creates a dynamic play between the artworks and the gallery space, encouraging viewers to look within, around, and beyond, for insight.

Artists include: Heman Chong, Tamares Goh, Ho Rui An, Sai Hua Kuan, Jeremy Sharma, Tan Peiling, Robert Zhao Renhui (The Institute of Critical Zoologists).

Image: Heman Chong, Monument to the People We've Conveniently Forgotten (I Hate You), 2008, offset prints on 280 gsm paper, each 9 x 5.5 cm (2¼ x 3½ in), approx. 1 million copies.


Naiza Khan in 'Trajectories: 19th-21st Century Printmaking from India and Pakistan' at Sharjah Art Museum


Sharjah Art Museum
Arts Area, off Corniche
United Arab Emirates

Trajectories: 19th–21st Century Printmaking from India and Pakistan features more than 100 original prints by several artists from the sub-continent. Curated by Camilla Hadi Chaudhary and Dr. Paula Sengupta, Assistant Professor at the Department of Graphics, Rabindra Bharati Univeristy, the exhibition explores decades of techniques and styles in printmaking.

Image: Naiza Khan, Libas-e-shab Khawabi, edition 5/8, 2007, hand-tinted etching on Rives paper, 23 x 15 cm (9 x 6 in).


'Bringing Tibet Home' wins 'Emerging Director' award at Asian American International Film Festival 2014

Tibetan filmaker Tenzin Tsetan Choklay was awarded the 'Emerging Director Award' at the Asian American International Film Festival in New York City last month for Bringing Tibet Home. The documentary was screened to a full-house audience, and followed by a Q&A session with Tibetan artist Tenzing Rigdol.

Bringing Tibet Home follows Tenzing Rigdol on his mission to smuggle 20 tonnes of Tibetan soil from Tibet, through Nepal, to Dharamsala, India for a site-specific art installation. The installation was a tribute to his father, who past away without the opportunity to return to his native Tibet and set foot on its soil. The installation, Our Land, Our People, gave Tibetans-in-exile the opportunity to walk on their home soil.

Rossi & Rossi will be bringing Rigdol to Berlin in October 2014 for a group show in collaboration with ARNDT. Curated by Tsherin Sherpa, artists of the Tibetan diaspora will be presenting their divergent experiences of reality. For more information, please contact the gallery.