Artists: Jakkai Siributr, Jedsada Tangtrakulwong and Piyatat Hemmatat
Curator: Suebsang Sangwachirapiban
At The Art Center, Office of Academic Resources, Chulalongkorn University
On Display: October 28–December 17, 2016
On Friday, October 28, 2016
Artist Talk: 5:00–6:30 p.m. (Meeting Room 3, 3rd Floor)
Open for Viewing: 6:40–8:30 p.m.
At the heart of this exhibition is the idea of acculturation, or an attempt of a cultural outsider to adapt to the central or a new cultural environment that requires cultural absorption and survival skills, and how a newcomer builds social status. This idea also appropriately applies to the creative process of contemporary art.
The world of contemporary art is about adapting to novel things and identifying unidentified cultures through learning about others’ behaviors, attitudes and thoughts as represented in cultural products. Artists are therefore a kind of people who are quick to adaptation to a new environment. This has led to the switching of perspectives between insiders and outsiders and the discussion on the territory and mainstream culture of contemporary art.
Jakkai Siributr, Jedsada Tangtrakulwong and Piyatat Hemmatat have interpreted “acculturation” for their artistic expressions in different directions. Jakkai has looked through the eye of immigrant laborers in Thailand and has made embroideries that tell the life stories of Burmese immigrants and their attitudes and feelings toward immigration. Jedsada has drawn from his personal experience in acculturating to the Lanna culture and has observed and borrowed from Lanna folk arts for his interpretation in a contemporary art context. Piyatat addresses adaptation to a new environment with his inspiration from objects from outer space (meteorites) in a film that contemplates unfamiliar surroundings.
“Continuum: Acculturating” aims to exchange ideas on this topic and create a platform for mutual learning in the context of cultural integration and diverse perspectives, which are key to contemporary art in the 21st century.
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