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Burning Against the Dying of the Light

Opening Reception :10th December, 2015, 18: 30 Onward

Khoj Studios, S-17 Khirkee Extension, 110017

Veteran Indian-Tibetan filmmaking couple, Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam’s first solo exhibition, Burning Against the Dying of the Light, will open at Khoj Studios in New Delhi on 10th December 2015.

Burning Against the Dying of the Light is the first time a range of the artists’ video installations and films are being presented in one venue and under a broad thematic rubric. The exhibition comprises a selection of works that investigates both Tibet’s ongoing political struggle and the transformations that are taking place in the Himalayan region where they live, wrought by deliberate colonial policies, the impact of globalisation, or a combination of the two. Some of these works have been created specifically for this show, and others have never been shown before in India.

The title of the exhibition – Burning Against the Dying of the Light – refers to a newly produced, pivotal work within this exhibition, the multi-media installation which examines and contextualizes the politics of protest in Tibet, especially in their latest primary manifestation, self-immolations.

Ritu and Tenzing have been making films together for three decades. Their work, which includes several documentaries, video installations and one dramatic feature, has focused on a number of recurring motifs and concerns. One such subject is Tibet, with which they have been intimately engaged on a number of different levels: personally, politically and artistically. Through their films, they have attempted to document, question and reflect on, the issues of exile, identity, politics and nationalism that confront the Tibetan people.

The presentation of this exhibition at Khoj is meaningful not only because of the long relationship between artist and institution and the synergies between each’s core mission; Burning Against the Dying of the Light comes at a time where there is a necessity for citizens and artists to raise their voices in the name of humanitarian causes and the protection of basic civil liberties.

The exhibition will remain on view till December 31st, 2015

For more information on the artists please visit White Crane Films.

In collaboration with Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna.

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