Woeser’s Instagram Posts from Lhasa, June 2018

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High Peaks Pure Earth has translated a selection of Woeser’s posts on her Instagram account from Lhasa posted in June 2018. Woeser’s return to Lhasa from Beijing in April was the first time she had been allowed to return to the city since November 2014. She has since left Lhasa again but we will continue to post translations of her Instagram captions.

Woeser actively posts on her Instagram account most days, follow her here: https://www.instagram.com/tsering_woeser/

See Woeser’s Instagram posts from Lhasa from May 2018 here: https://highpeakspureearth.com/2018/woesers-instagram-posts-from-lhasa-may-2018/

See Woeser’s Instagram posts from Lhasa from April 2018 here: http://highpeakspureearth.com/2018/woesers-instagram-posts-from-lhasa-april-2018/

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The same Zeiss Ikon, the same place: Lhasa Jokhang Temple. The black and white photo was taken by my father. The colour one by myself. #lhasa

 

This is my father’s camera which he used to take photos of the Cultural Revolution in Tibet, I am standing in the same spot as him (photo taken by Pazu in October 2013).

 

Snow on the mountain top… I know that Lhasa is not only about the Potala Palace and that one should not only take photos of the Potala, but I still cannot bring myself to adjust my lens and angle, also capturing the chaotic rest… So this is the result, the further one raises one’s vision, the more I enjoy it; the rest (which is the large part) I more or less intentionally decide not to see. I know that this is a biased vision… #lhasa

 

In the early evening, I arrived here and encountered this brand new ruin, listening to “The Future of Nostalgia” (I have read this book at least three times). About the “restoration” of Moscow in the 1990s, the author writes: ““So does the Park of Arts preserve memories or conduct a new kind of damnatio memoriae by restoration, rather than physical destruction?” (It needs to be said that, as the image reveals, it is precisely “physical destruction”).

 

In the early evening yesterday, in front of the Jokhang Temple, I saw this girl in shorts, carrying a kid to take photos. Her naked legs were quite provocative. I heard her saying that she wanted to prostrate. So the guy took the child while she joined the ladies sitting on the ground, imitating a prostrating posture. But she was rejected: “You can’t prostrate wearing these clothes.” The girl said: doesn’t matter, doesn’t matter, I am not afraid. So another Tibetan woman said more directly: “You have to wear trousers.” You could suddenly see the embarrassment on her face: Oh, I forgot to wear trousers. Then, both of them left the scene.

 

I heard a pigeon and as I turned my head, it seemed as if they wanted to snatch the food that I had put out for them. I immediately captured the scene, but both pigeons merely looked at the bowl and proudly flew off.

 

I heard a pigeon and as I turned my head, it seemed as if they wanted to snatch the food that I had put out for them. I immediately captured the scene, but both pigeons merely looked at the bowl and proudly flew off.

 

For Jamyang Kyi — During Saga Dawa we walk the Lingkhor / the heart’s freedom will never change #lhasa

 

The last day of Saga Dawa. Walking the Lingkhor. It had stopped raining. Praying. Thanks to my Uncle for capturing the moment. #lhasa

 

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Double rainbow in the early evening in Lhasa. #lhasa