Welcome to the Goethe-Institut RiverScapes Blog.
Coordinated by Goethe-Institut Hanoi, 6 curators and 17 artists from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia and the Philippines have been working on the subject of ecological and cultural change of major river landscapes in Southeast Asia, creating installations, photo series, video and sound installations. Riverscapes INFLUX Blog followed the artists’ working process and gives an insight on how the artworks evolved. The exhibition has been shown in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok, and will now tour the other participating countries until March 2013.
The exhibition will tour the following countries from April 2012 to March 2013:
The Chi River is the most important and the longest river in the northeastern region of Thailand. The river is like a large blood vessel that has nourished the Isaan (northeastern) people from ancient times to the present.
I aim to present the changes in fishermen’s way of life and the fading of the Chi River’s culture and wisdom such as fishing culture, and making fishing tools suitable for different types of fish, and the culture of fish consumption and long-term fish preservation.
I further intend to study and convey the fishermen’s way of life that alters according to changes in the ecological system. Moreover, this project includes the fish-related culture and wisdom that is gradually fading from the Chi River.
Curated by: Apisak Sonjod
born in 1972, currently lives and works in Maha Sarakham. He graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1999 (BFA) and in 2006 from The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (MFA). His works were exhibited in the international group exhibitions “Salon für Kunstbuch. An Artwork as Enterprise” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig, Germany, and “Emerging Talents” in Austria. He further presented his art in the solo exhibitions “Stand and Fall” in Korea, as well as “Look-Overlook” and “Twist” in Bangkok. In 2009 and 2011 Tangtrakulwong was selected for artist residencies in China and in Korea.