Drapchi Elegy

Tenzing Sonam filming Namdol Lhamo
Installations | 2017 | single-channel video, sound, colour, 16’ 44’’

The one-channel video installation weaves together vignettes from the everyday life of Namdol Lhamo, an anonymous exile living in Brussels who happens to be one of the famous Singing Nuns of Drapchi, a group of nuns imprisoned in Tibet in the early 1990s for peacefully demonstrating against Chinese rule. Namdol Lhamo’s sentence, along with that of her companions, was further increased when they were discovered to be secretly recording protest songs in Drapchi Prison and smuggling the tapes to the outside world. She spent a total of 12 years in prison.

Co-commissioned by Contour Biennale 8
With the kind support of the Gujral Foundation and Argos Centre for Art and Media


Contour Biennale 8, Polyphonic Worlds: Justice as Medium,
11 March–21 May 2017

Kunsthalle Vienna, How to Live Together, 25 May–15 October 2017