IT CAME TO HIM IN A DREAM. He was transported back to middle school, in Lhasa, taking an exam. No matter how he wracked his brain, he couldn’t remember the Tibetan alphabet. Running out of the school, he found a field of sand nearby, where he buried his books and pens—embarrassed and angry at his failure.
Using this dream as inspiration for an installation (pictured), the enfant terrible of the contemporary Tibetan art world, Nortse, placed gigantic rusting iron Tibetan characters on plots of sand for display at an exhibition in Beijing, offering...read more