Dharamsala rests in the upper hillsides of the Kangra Valley in Northern India and serves as headquarters for the  Tibetan government in exile .

Portraits of Tibet

In summer 2014, I joined a trip to Dharamsala in northern India where creative writer Emily Strasser conducted 30+ hours of interviews with ten former political prisoners and activists from Tibet. I participated in interviews, took appropriate photographs, and often sketched what I heard: a visual narrative of travel paths, concepts about Buddhist philosophy, and details of a prison confinement chair.

After we returned, Emily published an essay to share the Tibetan’s stories and I produced a photo exhibition for The Soap Factory’s Volunteer Biennial.

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