RiverScapes IN FLUX Blog

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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.

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born in 1972, is the director of Tandu Contemporary Art in Bangkok, Thailand. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and later completed his Master’s degree in Cultural Management at Thammasat University, Thailand in 2003. As a curator, Apisak Sonjod has participated in various projects in both local and international exhibitions. He was co-director of the exhibition “The Suspended Moment” by H&F Collection in 2006 and was selected as the Thai curator to present the Thai Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007. From 2008 until 2009, he co-curated the group exhibition “The Krungthep 226: The Art Exhibition from Early Days Bangkok to the Imagined Future” at Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre. He works with various genres in contemporary art and culture. Sonjod currently is the director of a community project entitled “A Stroll Through the Alleys Recalling the Legend of Promprab & Phanakorn, Bangkok”.

In the time leading up to Riverscapes IN FLUX, Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, was severely affected by floods. Our people were overcome by shock and overwhelmed with the damage that occurred during and after these floods. Riverscapes INFLUX presents the perspectives of three Thai artists on areas in the North, the North-East, the Central Region as well as Bangkok, which are just now recovering from the floods.

Ms. Sutthirat Supaparinya focuses on the northern region of Thailand, the origin of most riverheads but also an area that faces ecological change through the construction of dams.

Mr. Jedsada Tungtrakulwong is working in the North-East of Thailand; he started to research the folkways of the rural people and the environment. The area is reminiscent of the past era of the big capital city. People here live simple lives, reading the signals of nature and relying on each other. Even today, the people here still live happily with the river.

Ms. Anothai Nitibon and her team chose to focus on a topic which is an important factor for Thailand’s industry – Loy Krathong Festival, which reminds us to pay respect to nature.

With there being a chance of the floods returning when even now some houses are not quite dry and have not even been cleaned up yet, the artworks created by these three Thai artists remain more relevant than ever.


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2012-05-04

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