I'm proud to announce that 32 images from the S.E. Asia Movie Theater Project are currently on display at Bangkok's renowned Jim Thompson Art Center. The exhibition - entitled TRACES - is comprised of work by 10 artists from across Southeast Asia, under the theme of the communal sharing of culture within ASEAN (The Association of Southeast Asian Nations). By 2015, ASEAN will be ramping up efforts to make itself a more cohesive regional political entity. A more detailed description from the curators at Jim Thompson explains:
This exhibition, TRACES, aims to serve as a mechanism and platform for Thais and ASEAN members to learn about the history of SEA, ASEAN and neighboring countries through contemporary artworks and research in sociology. It focuses on issues related to the social memory and public sphere and also reinvestigates the history of the Vietnam–American war, as well as the national building processes of Singapore and Malaysia. It aims to help us to get to know each other and our history through contemporary art, to help us understand who we are and to see the communal sense of Southeast Asia, so we can continue our collaboration in the future. This exhibition intends to raise questions about Southeast Asia’s sensus communis. What do we have in common? What kind of communal senses have we shared since the last century or before? What kind of history and social memory do we still retain? What did we forget, remember, question? It will reinvestigate social space and public memory, history and how individuals have reacted to stagnant society as well as to social changes. Works range from photography, research-based projects, video documentary and mockumentary by 10 artists from Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and the USA.
If you're in the Bangkok area, this is not to be missed! For those who've never visited the beautiful Jim Thompson House, this is the perfect opportunity to do so.
It will be running from July 14th through October 31st.
Below are a sample of 9 images out of the 32 currently on display from the Southeast Asia Movie Theater Project archive.
Aung Mingala Cinema - Dawei, Burma
Lak Meuang Cinema - Kalasin, Thailand
Seno Rama - Seno, Savanakhet Province, Laos
Shae Saung Cinema - Yangon, Burma
Amarin Rama - Suwan Khalok, Sukothai Province, Thailand
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