A Tibet of the Mind

Installations | 2009 | 15 minutes | Single-channel video installation

March 2009 marks the 50th anniversary of the takeover of Tibet by Communist China and the flight into exile of the Dalai Lama and nearly 100,000 of his countrymen. Today, the Tibetan diaspora is spread out across the world, and actively upholds its traditions and culture, even as they come under increasing threat in own land. What does Tibet mean for the exile Tibetans, most of whom have never seen their country?

A Tibet of the Mind is part of a larger work that examines the current Tibet situation and the Dalai Lama’s dilemma in trying to resolve it through peaceful means. In this piece, several exile Tibetans, old and young, and including the Dalai Lama, speak directly to camera about the first thing that comes to their mind when they think about Tibet. The results are frank, moving, surprising and challenging in unexpected ways.


Exile, 16 May to 30 August 2009
Art Centre Silkeborg, Denmark