bardoLA is a Los Angeles based nonprofit arts organization dedicated to promoting international exchange of arts and culture via traveling exhibitions and events.
bardoLA is inspired by the Tibetan Buddhist concept of bardo as the intermediate state between two lives on Earth. According to Tibetan tradition, bardo is a space of great potential for liberation and enlightenment: when one's consciousness is not bound to a physical body, it is believed to be open to transcendental insight. However, bardo is also a potentially dangerous ground as its uncertain vastness likewise allows for our less desired traits to rise to the surface and challenge us. In its essence, bardo is a place of change where our usual way of life becomes suspended, a place that can be both exhilarating and frightening at the same time, but, fundamentally, one that provides us with an opportunity to grow.
bardoLA draws from this ancient concept of the in-between space with a vision to encourage creative exploration, artistic collaboration on an international level, and innovation fueled by a sense of wonder.
bardoLA, while based in Los Angeles and in particular supportive of the city's creative community, is not attached to any traditional exhibition space, striving instead to remain fluid and open to change, and thus free to move and manifest in diverse environments.
bardoLA was launched on the summer solstice, June 21, 2014.
bardoLA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations to bardoLA are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
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bardoLA was founded in 2014 by Elizabeta Betinski, a writer and curator with roots transplanted to Los Angeles from Belgrade, former Yugoslavia. Elizabeta was a founder and Director of Overtones Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Los Angeles that showcased 70+ national and international artists in over forty exhibitions from 2003 through 2009. She was a co-editor of the seminal encyclopedia on Los Angeles artists, L.A. Rising: SoCal Artists Before 1980, published in December 2010 by the California/International Arts Foundation where Elizabeta served as a co-director. In 2012, Elizabeta graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College and is currently preparing her first book, Tattoo, for publication. Via bardoLA, Elizabeta curated and produced We Must Risk Delight: Twenty Artists from Los Angeles that premiered at the 56th la Biennale di Venezia, Biennale Arte 2015, as an official Collateral Event. In 2017 Elizabeta served as Executive Director of the inaugural Desert X, a major international contemporary art exhibition featuring site-specific installations throughout the California desert in Coachella Valley. Besides her life-long love for the world of Arts & Letters, Elizabeta is also passionately enthusiastic about yoga and learning foreign languages.