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Born in Cambridge in 1981, the daughter of a Tibetan Refugee, I have been travelling to East Asia since I was two years old. Here, I share a selection of images that have been taken when visiting my father’s homeland.
My work documents the struggles and celebrations of the Tibetan people living in Kham, Qinghai Province. My photography explores a fast evolving culture, presenting a portrayal of home and heritage. A society often depicted as foreign or ‘other’ is to me familiar. Focusing on the intimacies of family, friendship and themes of life and death my images aim to tread a delicate balance between calm detachment and a gentle intimacy.
Moving to London I graduated from the University of Westminster in 2007 with a degree in Photographic Arts and worked as a Photographic Agent. I returned to Cambridge for the birth of my first son to be closer to my parents. I use Hasselblad shooting on film. My personal photographic project in Tibet has been taken over a period of twenty years and is a work in progress, not unfinished, but a life-long endeavour.
Rinchen Ato, Lhamo Tsertso & Lobsang Chödron (2016)
Rinchen Ato, Chödark and the Tiger (2016)
Rinchen Ato, Karma Gelek, Dorje & Phunsok (2019)
‘The Cambridge Show’ brings together work by twenty-two artists who live or work in and around Cambridge. Showcasing a cross-section of the artistic community operating in the local area, from photography to performance, the exhibition will explore these artists’ diverse practices, and some of the themes and issues that they are engaging with right now.
Rinchen Ato, Lhamo Tsertso & Lobsang Chödron (2016). Taken in Kham, Tibet. Courtesy the artist.
Rinchen Ato, Chödark and the Tiger (2016). Taken in Kham, Tibet. Courtesy the artist.
Rinchen Ato, Karma Gelek, Dorje & Phunsok (2019). Courtesy the artist.