The venue of his first photographs, Tibet holds a particular place in Chinese artist Gao Bo’s work. This monograph gathers for the first time his entire body of work on Tibet taken over five journeys between 1985 and 1995, immortalizing the ancient rites of buddhist monks and the spiritually-infused everyday life in a spectacular landscape between earth and sky.
Ten years after these images were taken, the artist went back to these photographs and reworked them by using his blood as ink in an automatical calligraphy he refers to as "language of the soul". With this process, Gao Bo highlights the limits of language and strives to overcome the incommunicability of his experience in Tibet. For him, it is less of a sacrifice than an offering.
Publisher: Editions Xavier Barral
Size: 170 x 233 mm
304 pages, 346 black & white photographs