BRINGING TIBET HOME: A conversation with Tibetan contemporary artist Tenzing Rigdol
13 Jun 2012
6:00PM - 8:00PM
22 W 15th Street
New York, NY
June 13 2012, 6-8pm
In October 2011, artist Tenzing Rigdol made international headlines with an unprecedented art installation in Dharamsala. This Wednesday, June 13, Rigdol will share for the first time in public the untold stories behind the “Bringing Tibet Home” soil project, and the risks, gambles, and miracles that helped him transport 20,000 kilos of Tibetan soil into exile. This discussion will be joined by Tenzin Tsetan Choklay, the director of the documentary film being made about this extraordinary journey, and moderated by Tendor, executive director of SFT.
Tenzing Rigdol smuggled 20,000 kilos of native Tibetan soil from Tibet to India, and laid it on a platform raised 6 feet above the ground in Dharamsala, the exile Tibetan capital. Over the next three days, thousands of Tibetans stepped onto the soil, offering prayers and prostrations, reading poetry, delivering speeches. For some, it was the first time in more than 50 years that they had walked on Tibetan soil; for many born in exile it was their first time ever. Through the transcendent power of art, Rigdol achieved his goal of allowing Tibetan exiles to see, smell, and touch a piece of their lost homeland.
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