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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Dharamsala rests in the upper hillsides of the Kangra Valley in Northern India and serves as headquarters for the Tibetan government in exile.
Former political activist and prisoner, now a teacher at Sarah College in Dharamsala.
Golog Jigme Gyatso -- exhiled monk, former political prisoner and collaborator on the documentary, Leaving Fear Behind.
Installation included portraits, bios, silhouettes, narrative sketches, map of Tibet, photos of Dharamsala and traditional Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags.