The Burning Question: Why are Tibetans Turning into Self-immolations?
‘The Burning Question: Why are Tibetans Turning into Self-immolations? featured background information about the ongoing wave of self-immolation inside Tibet. Since 2009, a total of 153 Tibetans have set themselves alight. Sixty years of Chinese occupation and rule have failed to address the grievances of the Tibetan people. The genuine aspiration for basic freedom and the preservation of Tibetan culture and identity has been met with repressive measures, which have led to political repression, economic marginalisation, cultural assimilation and environmental destruction in Tibet.
Hence, in the absence of space for conventional form of protests, Tibetans have resorted to the drastic action of setting oneself on fire, believing it is the only way to bring the world’s attention to the plight of the Tibetan people.
The exhibition aims to inform the global community about the current situation inside Tibet and the reason behind Tibetans in Tibet taking drastic step like self-immolations.