For his first solo show in London, Tibetan artist Ang Tsherin Sherpa presents a new series of works which question the fixedness of Tibetan culture through its constant confrontation with the contemporary globalized world.
In the exhibition, a young Tibetan deity stands in a victorious pose reminiscent of John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever, the golden background filled with the most various images - from a Halloween pumpkin to the V for Vendetta mask that has recently come to represent the Occupy movement. This juxtaposition is characteristic of his work.
Tsherin Sherpa was born in Nepal from a Tibetan family and he now lives and works in California. With such a personal history, it comes very naturally for him to address issues of identity, confrontation and change.
'My art practice explores contemporary issues while using various newer techniques interspersed with my traditional training,' he says. The visual result is powerful, immediate and richly complex.
For the show Tibetan Spirit at Rossi & Rossi Gallery in London, Tsherin Sherpa has focused on spirits as his subject. Alternatively in triumphal or defeated poses, they represent Tsherin Sherpa's meditation around Tibetan identity and the cultural effects of its confrontation with the external world.
Tibetan Spirit is not an assertion of a fixed identity, but rather an invitation to face the contradictions of cultural hybridization.
The show runs until 30 November at Rossi & Rossi Gallery in London. An in-depth interview with Ang Tsherin Sherpa is featured in issue 12 of Elephant.
Rossi & Rossi
16 Clifford Street
London W1S 3RG
Images courtesy of the artist and Rossi & Rossi Gallery.