My World Is in Your Blind Spot – Tenzing Rigdol
|When||12 Sep 2019 - 14 Nov 2019|
|Where||Tibet House US
22 West 15th St
New York, NY 10011
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 12, 2019, 6-8pm
Tenzing Rigdol’s My World Is in Your Blind Spot—the highlight and namesake of this exhibition—consists of five large mixed-media panels. The central buddha silhouettes greet the viewer in their recognizable cross-legged seated positions—a posture often associated with meditation and peace—and with a stunning visual effect enhanced by the use of silks and fire imagery. But the composed aesthetic of the series belies the meaning behind it. The fires seemingly emerging from the bodies of the buddhas reference the over 155 Tibetans who have self-immolated since February 27, 2009.
In an ultimate act of sacrifice, these Tibetans set themselves on fire with the hope of bringing attention to the oppression currently faced by their society under the imposed laws of the Chinese government. And yet, the buddhas can seem peaceful, even welcoming in their balanced postures, their calming presences perfectly harmonized by an artist well-versed in representing both destruction and construction. The contradictions on display in this exhibition are meant to challenge us. They are simultaneously safe and subversive: beautiful to look at, devastating to comprehend.
Tenzing Rigdol: My World Is in Your Blind Spot is guest curated by Sarah Magnatta.
Image courtesy of the organizer.
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