kAREN MCDIARMID, M.SC., IS A PHOTOGRAPHER AND PSYCHOTHERAPIST WITH AN AFFINITY FOR THE HIMALAYAS. karen SPENT THE winter of 2015/16 WORKING IN A BHUTANESE HOSPITAL, AND has directed A SMALL EDUCATIONAL NGO IN TIBET. HER DOCUMENTARY, “SHINING SPIRIT: THE MUSICAL JOURNEY OF JAMYANG YESHI,” WAS filmed in tibet, india and canada, and SCREENED AT the banff mountain film festival, MOUNTAINFILM IN TELLURIDE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’S ALL ROADS FILM FESTIVAL in washington, d.c., AND INTERNATIONALLY.
KAREN HAS RETURNED MANY TIMES TO DHARAMSALA, INDIA, WORKING AS A PHOTOGRAPHER AND MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST IN THE TIBETAN REFUGEE COMMUNITY, as well as counselling on baffin island in 2019. she also SPENT SEVERAL YEARS IN THE MIDDLE EAST PHOTOGRAPHING ON ARCHEOLOGICAL DIGS. OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES, KAREN’S ART HAS BEEN LARGELY INFLUENCED BY HER INVOLVEMENT IN TIBETAN CULTURE AND SPIRITUAL PRACTICE. she spent two years in the photography program at the banff centre for arts & creativity and also completed a degree in art history at uvic, followed by graduate psychology studies at u. of calgary. SHE IS A STUDENT OF TIBETAN LANGUAGE AND THE MOUNTAIN WORLD, AND recently returned to shawnigan lake on vancouver island after many years living in banff. following a solo show at the whyte museum of the canadian rockies (2015) and a two person exhibit at elevation gallery (canmore, alberta. 2015), KAREN'S solo exhibit, "the grammar of emptiness," Was FEATURED AT THE BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM & BOOK FESTIVAL IN 2016/17. She recently exhibited at gallery merrick in nanaimo AND PLANS ARE IN MOTION FOR TWO SHOWS IN ASIA IN 2020.
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