Kesang Lamdark

MoMARS

Art Basel Hong Kong15 May – 18 May 2014
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  • 15 MAY–18 MAY 2014

    PRIVATE VIEWING: 14 MAY

    Booth 1C40, Art Basel Hong Kong

    Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC)

    1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong

    T: + 852 35759417

    For the second edition of Art Basel Hong Kong, Rossi & Rossi will present a series of recent works by Tibetan artist Kesang Lamdark. Entitled MoMARS (Museum of Modern Mars), the show will feature melted plastic thangkas, sculptures and lightbox installations that comment on the ever-increasing oppression of Tibetan people and culture.

    At first glance, Lamdark’s brightly coloured and kitschy works belie their sombre focus. Fire is a prominent theme that unites the pieces, highlighting an increasing concern for the subjugation of Tibetans at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party. Numerous works directly reference the sharp increase in self-immolations by Tibetans since 2009. Fireproof Suit Over Palden Choetso (2013) is the artist’s symbolic attempt to offer a protective covering to a nun from Tawu County in the Kardze Tibetan Anonymous Prefecture in Sichuan, PRC, who set herself on fire in 2011. Shortly after her death, video footage of her self-immolation and subsequent protests at her funeral emerged on the Internet, quickly drawing the world’s attention to the brutal desperation of Tibetans living in China

    Lamdark’s works also express his anxieties about the future. His choice of medium—PVC and plastics, materials that do not degrade easily—attests to his desire to create works that last longer than our own bodies. The title of the show, MoMARS (Museum of Modern Mars), a play on the name of the famous New York City art museum, alludes to the distant future, when a colony on Mars could possibly become a reality. How will Tibet be viewed in this future? Perhaps in the MoMARS, Lamdark’s works will hang, just as vibrant and as colourful as today, as artefacts from a violent and brutal past.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST:

    Kesang Lamdark was born in Dharamsala, India, in 1963. He grew up in Switzerland, where he apprenticed and worked as an interior architect, and went on to study art at Parsons The New School for Design in New York; he eventually obtained an MA in visual art at Columbia University. Wherever he lived, the artist always felt like an outsider. His search for an appropriate cultural space ultimately turned inwards, and he came to understand and reconnect with his heritage while living in the West. In embracing his displaced, multicultural upbringing, he has discovered a wide-ranging personal energy.

    ABOUT ROSSI & ROSSI

    Rossi & Rossi stand at the forefront of the global Asian art market with over forty years of experience in classical Himalayan masterpieces. It is the only internationally renowned gallery to specialise in both classical and contemporary Asian art. Since 2007, Rossi & Rossi has rapidly established itself as a pioneer in the development of contemporary Asian art in the West. It represents renowned artists from emerging markets in Asia and the Middle East, attracting the interest of major museums and private collectors worldwide.

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Fire-Proof Suit Over Palden Choetso

      2013
      Fire-proof suit, PVC
      230 x 125 x 10 cm (90½ x 49 x 4 in)

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      Shirt 6

      2013
      PVC, metal
      90 x 60 x 4 cm (35½ x 23¾ x 2 in)

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Burning Buddha

      2013
      PVC
      145 x 125 x 3 cm (57 x 49 x 1½ in)

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Self-Immolation Ghost

      2014
      PVC
      173 x 45 x 30 cm (68 x 17¾ x 11¾ in)

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Fire Extinguisher

      2013
      PVC, dead insects
      60 x 46 x 8 cm (23¾ x 18 x 4 in)

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Chair of Dialogue

      2014
      PVC, found objects, plexi mirror, nylon
      280 x 90 x 60 cm (110¼ x 35½ x 23¾ in)

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Bicycle Wheel

      2010
      Plastic
      123 cm (48 1/2 in)

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Buddha/Mao

      2013
      PVC, Acrylic paint
      140 x 80 x 5 cm (55 x 31½ x 2½ in)

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Spider Skull Stoner

      2013
      PVC, cigarette butts
      65 x 125 x 15 cm (25½ x 49¼ x 6 in)

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Toten Kopf

      2013
      PVC, found objects
      300 x 150 x 3 cm (118 x 59 x 1½ in)

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Golden Shirt

      2014
      PVC, metal
      150 x 140 x 6 cm (59 x 55 x 3 in)

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Shirt 1

      2013
      PVC, metal
      90 x 60 x 4 cm (35½ x 23¾ x 2 in)

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      Shirt 2

      2013
      PVC, metal
      90 x 60 x 4 cm (35½ x 23¾ x 2 in)

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      Shirt 3

      2013
      PVC, metal
      90 x 60 x 4 cm (35½ x 23¾ x 2 in)

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      Shirt 4

      2013
      PVC, metal
      90 x 60 x 4 cm (35½ x 23¾ x 2 in)

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      Shirt 5

      2013
      PVC, metal
      90 x 60 x 4 cm (35½ x 23¾ x 2 in)

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      Shirt 7

      2013
      PVC, metal
      90 x 60 x 4 cm (35½ x 23¾ x 2 in)

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      Shirt 8

      2013
      PVC, metal
      90 x 60 x 4 cm (35½ x 23¾ x 2 in)

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      Shirt 9

      2013
      PVC, metal
      90 x 60 x 4 cm (35½ x 23¾ x 2 in)

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      Shirt 10

      2013
      PVC, metal
      90 x 60 x 4 cm (35½ x 23¾ x 2 in)

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Dorge Drakkten Kiss

      2012
      Perforated mirror, TV monitor, cable
      80.4 x 55 x 18.2 cm (31½ x 21½ x 7¼ in)

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Ritual Dancer

      2013
      Wood, LED light, Pleximirror
      30 x 24 x 8 cm (11¾ x 9½ x 3 in)

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Ling Gesar Palden Choetso

      2014
      Lightbox, LED, aluminium, plexiglass mirror
      57 (diameter) x 11 cm (22½ x 4¼ in)

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Sitting Bull/Ling Gesar

      2014
      Lightbox, LED, aluminium, plexiglass, mirror
      57 (diameter) x 11 cm (22½ x 4¼ in)

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Self-Immolation

      2012
      Monitor, perforated mirror, cable, DVD player, MDF
      45 x 34.7 x 10 cm (17¾ x 13½ x 3¾ in)

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Dorge Drakkten Kiss World

      2012
      Perforated mirror, monitor, MDF, cable
      66.8 x 106.2 x 11 cm (26¼ x 41¾ x 4½ in)

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Nightmare

      2011
      Plexiglass, LED light and wood
      115 x 50.5 x 10.5 cm (45 ¼ x 19 ¾ x 4 in)

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Missing Sex Mandala

      2011
      Plexiglass, LED light and wood
      120 x 12 cm (47 1/4 x 4 3/4 in)

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Freak Party

      2011
      Plexiglass, LED light and wood
      39 x 50 cm (15 ¼ x 19 ¾ in)

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      H.H. Soap Bubble

      2011
      Plexiglass, LED light and wood
      50 x 39 cm (19 ¾ x 15 ¼ in)

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Gene Simmons

      2011
      Plexiglass, LED light and wood
      39 x 50 cm (15 ¼ x 19 ¾ in)

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Peepshow Low

      2012
      TV monitors, wood, cable, cans
      31.4 x 69.5 x 46.1 cm (12½ x 27½ x 18¼ in)

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      High Life/Low Life

      2014
      Found objects, batteries, LED light
      50 x 40 x 30 cm (19¾ x 15¾ x 11¾ in)

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Mushroom Ring

      2014
      PVC, batteries, LED light
      25 x 50 x 50 cm (9¾ x 19¾ x 19¾ in)

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    • Kesang Lamdark
      Untitled

      2013
      Aluminium, light, paper

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