We are so excited and deeply honored to present the 2017 International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) wall calendar: Contemporary Tibetan Art. Not only does this edition continue to reflect the valuable relationship and collaboration Amber Lotus shares with ICT, but it is also particularly special, beautiful, and significant in its importance.
The 2017 edition features twelve arresting works of art that showcase the unique beauty and tragedy of Tibet. Twelve contemporary Tibetan artists living in exile offer a compelling glimpse into a new realm of Tibetan cultural expression, through the use of vibrant colors, gouache, acrylic on linen and canvas, silk brocade fabrics, white and yellow gold leaf, photography, collage, and other mixed media.
Many of their powerful and engaging works challenge the boundaries of what is permissible by the Chinese government in current Tibet. For this reason alone, the work of these artists needs to be seen, heard, and shared. Each calendar month suggests a message of hope, struggle, liberation, oppression, compassion, and peace.
While Tibetans have little say in many of the rapid changes being driven by the Chinese government in Tibet, they have been dynamically active in areas such as music, art, literature, and film, working not only to preserve their culture but also to redefine and push the boundaries for new meaning and expression of Tibetan identity in the 21st century. This calendar helps to bring awareness and to give Tibet and the artists a voice that will reach a vast international community.
Founded in 1988, the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) is a nonprofit membership organization that has worked arduously for more than 20 years to help preserve the culture of Tibet and to promote human rights and democratic freedoms for the people of Tibet. From a handful of dedicated individuals, ICT has grown into an international organization empowered by the vision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It currently maintains offices in Washington, DC, Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, and London, with a field office in Dharamsala, India.
Amber Lotus Publishing has been working in collaboration with ICT for 13 years now. We are so grateful to be able to continue on this very important journey with them. It is vital to humanity as a whole that the efforts to preserve the Tibetan culture, educate people, and empower change come from each and every one of us.