bardoLA is a Los Angeles based nonprofit arts organization dedicated to promoting international exchange of arts and culture via traveling exhibitions and events; making art available in public spaces; and supporting its local creative community by way of partnering with like-minded entities.
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, one that can be simultaneously exhilarating and challenging, but, fundamentally, it is a place that provides us with an opportunity to grow.
bardoLA draws from this ancient concept of the in-between space with a mission to step out of the box, encourage creative exploration, artistic collaboration on an international level, and innovation fueled by curiosity and a sense of wonder.
bardoLA, while based in Los Angeles and 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 born on the summer solstice, June 21, 2014.
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