Kunsang Kyirong enjoys making textured materials move under the camera. She weaves together her cultural history, and themes of identity through her research and practice. Currently her work explores the documentation of memories through storytelling and the method of straight ahead animation. She completed her BMA in 2D+ Experimental Animation at the Emily Carr University of Art+ Design.
Talking about her work, Kunsang says “Storytelling has been paramount to my artistic practice, especially ones which play with a mélange of fiction and non-fiction narratives. I am interested in cultural history and how that can be explored in a way that does not preserve typical stereotypes. The narratives that have driven me are through lived experience and through the experience of others. Growing up in the Tibetan diaspora community has provided me with the privilege of hearing many personal stories”.
About her style, she adds, “The use of charcoal and straight-ahead animation in my film adds to the whimsical and fluid nature of story-telling. Drawing in peculiar perspectives and working with transitions that weave in various landscapes and changes in scenery. These shifts often occur spontaneously as it does when listening to a story or remem-bering a dream”.