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Thailand

52nd International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia

10 June - 21 November 2007

Title: Globalization... Please Slow Down

Artists: Amrit Chusuwan, Nipan Oranniwesna

Commissioner: Apinan Poshyananda

Curator: Apisak Sonjod

Venue: Santa Croce 556, Fondamenta San Simeòn Píccolo


Location of the Thai pavilion 2007. View from Ponte degli Scalzi, the bridge over the Canal Grande near the railway station.
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Globalization... Please Slow Down

Curatorial text by Apisak Sonjod

This exhibition aims to urge viewers to re-think the process of adopting a foreign culture, concept or philosophy of life, whether its flow is east to west, or vice versa. Without careful consideration or proper selection, we may end up feeling lost, or worse, still feeling like we are losing our own identity. Therefore, we should “pause” and “consider” it thoroughly. In reality, there are people worldwide who quickly open their arms to new cultures, if that is the case, we would like to suggest everyone to stay “still” .In this great “amazing race” of life, we often find ourselves being players in a game, controlled by others. Our every more, thought and decision is planned by careful marketing strategies.

In order to prevent ourselves from losing our identity, we should pause and give ourselves a little time to review on what we already have and consider borrowing just only the things that we may need in order to advance in the modern world. This process will not only present our Thai way of life, Buddhism, and ascent traditions from dying, it would make us the real “winners” of the race, when we real “winners” of the race, when we learn, for one, to stay “still”.

Amrit Chusuwan: Being Sand

Amrit Chusuwan: Being Sand, 2005. The viewers are asked to walk barefoot through the sand.
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Amrit Chusuwan: Being Sand, 2005. The video on the left shows passers-by in front of the entrance.
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The artist presents his “Sand” after long research on its pattern and concentrated content because the process of Buddhist philosophy appeals to the enthusiastic seeker to change. If the damage from one’s own destruction has not yet occurred, then how can wisdom thrive?

The sand, carefully selected by the artist, is used as a pathway to the mind. The viewers are asked to walk barefoot through it.

The tightly compressed sand to explain words and the great philosophy hidden inside the audience. It is also a matter for the content to be sentimental in which we believe is existing in the human brain, sending its touch through our soul that we normally ignore. From the first art exhibition, the audience seemed to be amazed by the touch that they experienced. In fact, sand is always sand, but the manner in which it is placed and the intention of the artist, Amrit to use it as an interpretation about the truth of emptiness that has made those who experience it understand the Buddhist truth of emptiness, and feel it inside themselves.

Nipan Oranniwesna: City of Ghosts

Nipan Oranniwesna: City of Ghosts, 2006. Installation, talcum, paper, wood
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Nipan Oranniwesna: City of Ghosts, 2006. Detail
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Nipan Oranniwesna: City of Ghosts, 2006. Installation, talcum, paper, wood
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Nipan Oranniwesna: City of Ghosts, 2006. Detail
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The work “City of Ghosts” of Nipan is interested to presenting the image of the city and way of life that each member experiences. The underlining notion is that the occurrence comes into existence because humans are the main cause.

The building of a city by the power that could not be seen by one’s eyes warns us to rethink about the existing status in which it cannot be separated from our surrounding social environment. Here, humans destroy each other more than nature does. We are in a nourishing land that is an ideal ‘place’ everybody dreams of. But the artist, Nipan, has presented the ‘place’ in a fragile way to the environment and it is ready to disperse into dust in a blink of the eye. Every thing is under construction. It lacks patterns and proper way of thinking on one’s own,not governed by other influences. As the chance for the locals to think is limited; hence, expressing one’s opinion is in itself, showing off one’s ignorance. Norms and values are being snatched or evaluated in a way that ‘one has no time even to think.’


Organizer:

Office of Contemporary Art and Culture
Ministry of Culture
Bangkok, Thailand


From press information.
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