Massimo Antonaci
Billy Apple
Rasheed Araeen
Siah Armajani
Fereydoun Ave
Bertozzi & Casoni
Faiza Butt
Szelit Cheung
Vittoria Chierici
Christopher Doyle
Naiza Khan
Abbas Kiarostami
Kesang Lamdark
Lee Mingwei
Ma Desheng
Erbossyn Meldibekov
Nortse
Tenzing Rigdol
Leang Seckon
Tsherin Sherpa
Elisa Sighicelli
Nicole Wong
Kesang Lamdark
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Born in 1963 in Dharamsala, India, Lamdark grew up in Switzerland where he later apprenticed and worked as an interior architect. He went on to study at Parsons New School for Design in New York, and he achieved an MA in Visual Art at Columbia University. The artist lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland.

Lamdark’s plastic sculptures and mirrored light boxes are evidence of his displaced and multicultural upbringing. His search for an appropriate cultural space ultimately turned inwards and he came to understand and reconnect with his Tibetan heritage while living in the West. Lamdark’s Tibetan-Western identity lies in his ability to understand and find a balance between both cultures. Combining unusual materials, from hair to plastic, beer cans to nail polish, Lamdark’s life and works bring together the unfamiliar and revel in recycling everyday objects into works of art.

Lamdark has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world including Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Artheld at The Fleming Museum at the University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, USA; the Queens Museum of Art, New York, USA; and the Dorsky Museum at the State University of New York, New Paltz, New York, USA; Scorching Sun of Tibet, Songzhuang Art Center, Beijing, China; Tradition Transformed – Tibetan Artists Respond, The Rubin Museum of Art, New York, USA.

In 2008, Lamdark presented in the Third Guangzhou Triennial and installed 10,000- kilogram rock that he smuggled out of Tibet and encased in melted plastic – titled Pink Himalayan Boulder–at ShContemporary in Shanghai. He participated in the annual Dharamsala Interantional Artists’ Workshop in 2012 and completed a residency at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz in 2013.

Lamdark’s works are held in private and public collections in Europe, Australia and the United States, including the World Museum in Liverpool, UK; the Burger Collection, Hong Kong; and the White Rabbit Collection in Sydney, Australia.

Selected Works
Dorge Drakkten Kiss World
2012
Perforated mirror, monitor, MDF, cable
66.8 x 106.2 x 11 cm (26¼ x 41¾ x 4½ in)
Lhasa Beer Boxes
2018
Cardboard and paint
Each 46 x 28 x 13 cm (18 x 11 x 5 in)
H.H. in da House
2018
Glass mirror, LED lights and wood
70 x 200 x 8 cm (27 ½ x 78 ¾ x 3 ¼ in)
Seat Mask #2
2018
PVC and paint
95 x 55 x 6 cm (37 ½ x 21 ¾ x 2 ½ in)
Seat Mask #1
2018
PVC and paint
95 x 55 x 6 cm (37 ½ x 21 ¾ x 2 ½ in)
Peepshow Low
2012
TV monitors, wood, cable, cans
31.4 x 69.5 x 46.1 cm (12 ½ x 27 ½ x 18 ¼ in)
Mushroom Ring
2014
PVC, batteries, LED light
25 x 50 x 50 cm (9 3/4 x 19 3/4 x 19 3/4 in)
Sitting Bull/Ling Gesar
2014
Lightbox, LED, aluminium, plexiglass, mirror
diameter 57 x 11cm
Ling Gesar Palden Choetso
2014
Lightbox, LED, aluminium, plexiglass mirror
diameter 57 x 11 cm
Lhasa Beer Boxes
2018
Cardboard and paint
Each 46 x 28 x 13 cm (18 x 11 x 5 in)
Exhibitions
Kesang Lamdark
Feb 26
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Apr 9, 2022
Art Basel Hong Kong 2021
May 19
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May 23, 2021
Knock, Knock
Sep 22
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Nov 24, 2018
Same:Difference
Dec 9
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Jan 23, 2014
Generation Exile: Exploring New Tibetan Identities
Sep 4
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Oct 8, 2011
Son of Rimpoche
May 5
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Jun 3, 2011
Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond
Jun 11
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Oct 18, 2010
Plastic Karma
Apr 24
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May 30, 2008
Consciousness and Form
Oct 4
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Oct 26, 2007
Tibetan Encounters: Contemporary meets Tradition
Mar 19
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Mar 27, 2007