‘Keepers of the Waters (Lhasa)’ is a series of art events directed by Betsy Damon that took place along the Lhasa River in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, from 18 August to 3 September, 1996. With the assistance of artist Dai Guangyu and anthropologist Zhu Xiaofeng, a group of artists from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xi’an, Tibet, Switzerland, and the United States were brought together to raise awareness about water protection through installation and performance artworks.

‘Keepers of the Waters (Lhasa)’ takes its name from a non-profit organisation founded in 1991 by Betsy Damon, an US-based environmental artist/activist. This non-profit organisation assists communities to restore, preserve, and create living water systems in urban environments.

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Betsy Damon Archive: Keepers of the Waters (Chengdu and Lhasa) 貝特西達蒙檔案:水的保衛者(成都與拉薩)
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Betsy Damon Archive: Keepers of the Waters (Chengdu and Lhasa) 貝特西達蒙檔案:水的保衛者(成都與拉薩)

1996 Keepers of the Waters (Lhasa) 水的保衛者(拉薩)
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1996 Keepers of the Waters (Lhasa) 水的保衛者(拉薩)

Opening Ceremony
Opening Ceremony (Set of 21 Photographs)
21 Images

Opening Ceremony (Set of 21 Photographs)

River Thangka
River Thangka (Partial)
1 Image

River Thangka (Partial)

河流唐卡(局部)
1996

River Thangka
River Thangka
1 Image

River Thangka

河流唐卡
1996

LS.03_01
Listening
1 Image

Listening

傾聽
1996

LS.05_01
Cleaning Up
1 Image

Cleaning Up

清理
1996

Listening
Listening
1 Image

Listening

傾聽
1996

Listening
Listening
1 Image

Listening

傾聽
1996

Red Rings
Red Rings (Preparation)
1 Image

Red Rings (Preparation)

紅圈(籌備)
1996

Red Rings
Red Rings
1 Image

Red Rings

紅圈
1996

LS.05_02
Cleaning Up
1 Image

Cleaning Up

清理
1996

LS.22_01
Square Gold Hada
1 Image

Square Gold Hada

金色方形哈達
1996

LS.22_02
Square Gold Hada
1 Image

Square Gold Hada

金色方形哈達
1996

LS.22_03
Square Gold Hada
1 Image

Square Gold Hada

金色方形哈達
1996

LS.09_01
Stamping the Water
1 Image

Stamping the Water

印水
1996

LS.09_02
Stamping the Water
1 Image

Stamping the Water

印水
1996

No Time / Time
No Time / Time
1 Image

No Time / Time

時間
1996

No Time / Time
No Time / Time
1 Image

No Time / Time

時間
1996

No Time / Time
No Time / Time
1 Image

No Time / Time

時間
1996

Living Water
Living Water (Preparation)
1 Image

Living Water (Preparation)

活水(籌備)
1996

Living Water
Living Water (Preparation)
1 Image

Living Water (Preparation)

活水(籌備)
1996

Living Water
Living Water (Preparation)
1 Image

Living Water (Preparation)

活水(籌備)
1996

LS.14_07
Living Water
1 Image

Living Water

活水
1996

LS.14_04
Living Water
1 Image

Living Water

活水
1996

LS.14_05
Living Water (Preparation)
1 Image

Living Water (Preparation)

活水(籌備)
1996

LS.14_06
Living Water
1 Image

Living Water

活水
1996

LS.14_08
Living Water (Partial)
1 Image

Living Water (Partial)

活水(局部)
1996

LS.14_09
Living Water (Preparation)
1 Image

Living Water (Preparation)

活水(籌備)
1996

Living Water
Living Water (Preparation)
1 Image

Living Water (Preparation)

活水(籌備)
1996

Cleaning the River
Cleaning the River
1 Image

Cleaning the River

清理河道
1996

Cleaning the River
Cleaning the River
1 Image

Cleaning the River

清理河道
1996

Cleaning the River
Cleaning the River
1 Image

Cleaning the River

清理河道
1996

Cleaning the River
Cleaning the River
1 Image

Cleaning the River

清理河道
1996

Altitude 3650m, 25℃
Altitude 3650m, 25℃
1 Image

Altitude 3650m, 25℃

海拔 3650 米,25℃
1996

Altitude 3650m, 25℃
Gloves
1 Image

Gloves

手套
1996

Gloves
Gloves
1 Image

Gloves

手套
1996

Water Burial
Water Burial
1 Image

Water Burial

水葬
1996

Water Burial
Water Burial (Preparation)
1 Image

Water Burial (Preparation)

水葬(籌備)
1996

Water Burial
Water Burial
1 Image

Water Burial

水葬
1996

Water Burial
Water Burial
1 Image

Water Burial

水葬
1996

Water Burial
Water Burial (Preparation)
1 Image

Water Burial (Preparation)

水葬(籌備)
1996

LS.13_01
Honouring Water
1 Image

Honouring Water

河頌
1996

Water Burial
Water Burial
1 Image

Water Burial

水葬
1996

Shoe with Butter
Shoes with Yak Butter
1 Image

Shoes with Yak Butter

酥油鞋
1996

Shoe with Butter
Shoes with Yak Butter (Partial)
1 Image

Shoes with Yak Butter (Partial)

酥油鞋(局部)
1996

Stones
Stones
1 Image

Stones

石頭
1996

Stones
Stones (Partial)
1 Image

Stones (Partial)

石頭(局部)
1996

Stones
Stones (Partial)
1 Image

Stones (Partial)

石頭(局部)
1996

Sweeping River
Sweeping River
1 Image

Sweeping River

掃河
1996

LS.19_02
Sweeping River
1 Image

Sweeping River

掃河
1996

Another Road
Another Road
1 Image

Another Road

另一條路
1996

Another Road
Another Road
1 Image

Another Road

另一條路
1996

Another Road
Another Road
1 Image

Another Road

另一條路
1996

Another Road
Another Road
1 Image

Another Road

另一條路
1996

Another Road
Another Road
1 Image

Another Road

另一條路
1996

The Noble Knowing
The Noble Knowing
1 Image

The Noble Knowing

對崇高的敬意
1996

The Noble Knowing
The Noble Knowing
1 Image

The Noble Knowing

對崇高的敬意
1996

The Noble Knowing
The Noble Knowing
1 Image

The Noble Knowing

對崇高的敬意
1996

The Noble Knowing
The Noble Knowing
1 Image

The Noble Knowing

對崇高的敬意
1996

The Noble Knowing
The Noble Knowing
1 Image

The Noble Knowing

對崇高的敬意
1996

The Noble Knowing
The Noble Knowing
1 Image

The Noble Knowing

對崇高的敬意
1996

The Noble Knowing
The Noble Knowing
1 Image

The Noble Knowing

對崇高的敬意
1996

The Noble Knowing
The Noble Knowing
1 Image

The Noble Knowing

對崇高的敬意
1996

Untitled
Shirts (Set of 9 Photographs)
9 Images

Shirts (Set of 9 Photographs)

襯衫(9張相片)
1996

Soul-Releasing
Soul-Releasing
1 Image

Soul-Releasing


1997

On site only
Arts and Artists: Special Program on Keepers of the Waters
1 Multimedia

Arts and Artists: Special Program on Keepers of the Waters

美術星空:水的保衛者專題片

Cleaning the River
Cleaning the River
1 Image

Cleaning the River

清理河道
1996

Artists at Work and Leisure
Documentation of Participating Artists During Keepers of the Waters (Chengdu) (Set of 7 Photographs)
7 Images

Documentation of Participating Artists During Keepers of the Waters (Chengdu) (Set of 7 Photographs)

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Documentary: Keepers of the Waters - Lhasa, Tibet 1996
1 Multimedia

Documentary: Keepers of the Waters - Lhasa, Tibet 1996

1997

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Documentation of Altitude 3650m, 25℃ by Liu Chengying, Lhasa, Tibet, 1996
1 Multimedia

Documentation of Altitude 3650m, 25℃ by Liu Chengying, Lhasa, Tibet, 1996

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Raw Footage of Keepers of the Waters - Lhasa, Tibet 1996
1 Multimedia

Raw Footage of Keepers of the Waters - Lhasa, Tibet 1996

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Documentary Footage: Keepers of the Waters - Lhasa, Tibet 1996
1 Multimedia

Documentary Footage: Keepers of the Waters - Lhasa, Tibet 1996

Suvan Geer Interview
Interview with Suvan Geer
1 Document

Interview with Suvan Geer

Yin Xiuzhen Interview
Interview with Yin Xiuzhen
1 Document

Interview with Yin Xiuzhen

Song Dong Interview
Interview with Song Dong
1 Document

Interview with Song Dong

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Excerpt of Documentary: Keepers of the Waters, Lhasa, Tibet, 1996
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Excerpt of Documentary: Keepers of the Waters, Lhasa, Tibet, 1996