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The female in contemporary Tibetan art: the artist Monsal Pekar (b. 1964)

Abstract : Like in many other professions, women only form a tiny minority among contemporary artists in Tibet. Monsal Pekar is one of a handful of them. She has not only reached fame in her own society, but also in Mainland China and international circles thanks to her travels and contacts. This article will deal with her life and training as presented by herself. It will then proceed by analyzing part of her artwork and especially those works,which, in her own words, can be considered as "feminist" or representing "feminist ideas"-"Fighting for women's rights". I will trace the development and inspiration underlying these pieces by drawing on a small critical book she wrote on women in Tibet and her more recent thoughts expressed in conversations. I will thus examine social commentary, critique and reflections in the artist's work with a particular regard to women's issues. It will be also shown that the latter are closely connected to ideas stemming from Buddhism, which the artist knows well as a diligent follower and practitioner. Last but not least, I will explore how the female artist feels responsibility in her society when criticizing the gender-gap.
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Nicola Schneider. The female in contemporary Tibetan art: the artist Monsal Pekar (b. 1964). 2019. ⟨hal-03210257⟩



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