Gelek Badheytsang


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Gelek Badheytsang is a Tibetan Canadian who lives in Toronto and works as a communications advisor for the legal regulator of Ontario. He was born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, and arrived in Canada as a refugee at the end of 2001. Gelek dabbles in writing, photography and journalism, with an eye towards arts and culture, the environment, and social justice. He aspires to be a beekeeper one day.

What does art mean to me?

I’ve always been drawn to stories. My childhood was spent reading comic books, watching cartoons and being enthralled by Tibetan mythical fables from my late grandmother. Art takes you to these different places: some familiar, some unknown. The best kind reminds you of who you are, how beautiful and agonizing this world is, and what needs to happen.