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The Art of Tibetan Survival: Artists' Vision of Tibet and the Tibetan Diaspora
Intermedia Arts and the Tibetan Community in Minnesota present
The Art of Tibetan Survival: Artists' Vision of Tibet and the Tibetan Diaspora
Sponsored by Heart of Tibet

Exhibition Run: April 28 - June 18, 2011
Opening Reception: 4PM Sunday, May 1, 2011
Dance Performance: 6PM Sunday, May 1, 2011

For more than half a century, the world has embraced Tibet as an artistically rich yet profoundly threatened culture struggling against occupation and genocide; this has created a movement of inspired creative work by artists who carry Tibet's mythic, beautiful heritage forward in exile as a means of cultural survival. Contemporary and traditional artists share their vision of Tibet and the Tibetan diaspora in a mixed media show featuring traditional Tibetan arts and artifacts as well as contemporary paintings and photography. This exhibit will also include photographs from Keri's Pickett's 17 year-long project documenting the Tibetan community in Minnesota, painting by Tenzin Tamding and drawings and writings by children answering the question “What is your dream of Tibet like in your imagination?” from the Tibetan Culture School. Curated by Thupten Dadak. Artists: Keri Pickett, Tenzin Tamding, and the Tibetan Children's Culture School. Photos by Keri Pickett.

Sunday, May 1 | 4-5:30PM Opening reception with Tibetan tea and cookies provided | FREE
6PM Tibetan Dance from the Roof of the World performed by the Gyashey Committee | Tickets Required

$10 advance, students, seniors | $12 door
Purchase advance tickets online, or over the phone by calling (612) 871-4444

Pre-sold tickets are available for pick-up through will call at Intermedia Arts on each performance evening. If tickets are not claimed 15 minutes after the scheduled start time of the performance, the unclaimed tickets may be released to a waiting list.


Keri Pickett
"Self-employed since 1983. My artistic vision is fueled by my curiosity about what we value in life both as individuals and as communities. I am driven by a desire to inform, to enchant, and to draw the viewer into both my heart and the heart of the matter. For over 25 years, I have supported myself with my camera and my energy, focusing my lens on people struggling against the odds. Intimacy and personal connection are the common threads uniting my projects. Besides the current project, these include my grandparents' love story; Burma's struggle for democracy; kids coping with life-threatening illness; gay men seeking refuge in a northern Minnesota wilderness; a mother of 12 founding a homeless center and life on organic dairy farms. My project Tibetan Tree (tibetantree.com) was started in 1991 and I have been documenting the growth and success of the Tibetan American community for 20 years." - Keri Pickett

Tenzin Tamding
"My work is a transformation of harmony that is found in nature, places and things that has touched my soul and ended up on my canvases. Inspired by beauty of simplicity, comfort and randomness that is nature. Explosion of colors, shapes and flow of potential subjects always keep me going back to the drawing board to somehow transform a blank canvas into a reflection of what has inspired me. Such an experience encapsulates what a visual artist does and lives for. My work has generally been fixed on subjects that are landscapes and I don’t think it will change for as long as I can hold a brush. I have also experimented with other subjects such as architectures specifically with Asian motifs. In the near future I will be putting together a book on Tibetan landscapes and its history. My immediate intention is share what I discover about Tibet through my work. I work mainly with oil on canvas and have been for almost a decade now. The medium oil has largely been assumed by many as being sort of a stubborn medium to work with. On the contrary, I have grown to love it. It has this richness that some other mediums may lack. Yet one can’t be too obsessed and detailed with things such that it consumes the inspiration and become almost unidentifiable of what unique is and what beauty is and like saying goes by Walt Whitman “You must not know too much or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and watercraft; a certain free-margin, and even vagueness - ignorance, credulity - helps your enjoyment of these things.” - Tenzin Tamding

This project is made possible in part by support from the Minnesota State Arts Board.