Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art

Until today Tibet, which has been occupied by China since 1951, is still largely closed off from the Western world by strict regulations for Tibetans. Tibetans are for example not allowed to travel outside their country and repercussions against Tibetans that express themselves too freely are not uncommon.

Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art

Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art

Hence, the reason for Rachel Perera Weingeist to invite Tibetans living all over the world to submit their art work anonymously for the exhibition “Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art”, believing that this option would allow artists to express themselves without any repercussions.

Surprisingly a large number of works submitted by the 25 Tibetans artists living all over the world are self portraits and provided with a signature. Something that is quite remarkable for a culture, where in the past art was mainly used to support the transmission of Buddhist culture. Nowadays, however, art is becoming a vital medium for Tibetans to express themselves and artists create more and more work focused on the individual.

On top of the contemporary art works, the art videos on display also give viewers access to rarely seen expressions of Tibetan life and culture. A small selection of traditional thangka paintings is being exhibited to provide the necessary historical context.

The exhibition “Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art” is currently on show in the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York until 15 December next.

About The Author: Lydian Brunsting

'To be with Art is all we ask'- Gilbert and George. A quote that has stayed with me since I first saw it a couple of years ago. The word I would add though is 'travel' and that is, in fact, Art Weekenders, our new creation. The Art Weekenders project combines my passions for art, travel and photography, while we - at the same time - like to inspire and hopefully help you to prepare your art getaway. I am also photographer, writer and developer of the photoblog SHOuTography, a project that I started during a year of travelling through South-America to explore my life-long passion for photography.