Opening Saturday 25 June
Other Possible Worlds: Contemporary Art from Thailand is an exhibition in two parts held across Delmar Gallery and 16albermarle Project Space. It is curated by John Cruthers, director of 16albermarle and Haisang Javanalikhikara from the Faculty of Fine and Applied Art, Chulalongkorn University.
Unlike its neighbours, Thailand was never formally colonised. Hence its unique mix of traditional institutions and western values in uneasy juxtaposition, with concepts like democracy and the rule of law often in conflict with more traditional values – leading to regular coups, new constitutions and frequent public protests.
Other Possible Worlds presents 12 young and mid career Thai artists enthusiastically engaged in the debates around Thailand’s present and future. In their work they investigate the key issues facing Thai society – urbanization, environmental issues, inequality and the resulting high levels of disadvantage, and the political rights and duties of Thai people.
The exhibition includes painting, sculpture, photography, installation, neon, video, embroidery, prints and works on paper. The ethnicities and localities of the artists are equally diverse, but all are driven by a desire to join the debate and imagine other possible futures for their country.
Featured artists: Tada Hengsapkul / Bussaraporn Thongchai / Thidarat Chantachua / Busui Ajaw / Kusofiyah Nibuesa / Piyarat Piyapongwiwat
16albermarle Project Space
Featured artists: Surajate Thongchau / lmhathai Suwatthanasilp / Sompote Ang / Som Supaparinya / Suebsang Sangwachirapiban / Kasarin Himacharoen
Thidarat Chantachua, Dimensions of faith 2 2017, embroidery and acrylic on canvas, 117 x 160 cm.
Events at 16albermarle Project Space
Exhibition opening: Saturday 25 June, 3 – 5pm. All welcome.
Events at Delmar Gallery
Artist workshop: Sunday 26 June, 10am – 12.30pm. Bookings essential, limited spaces.
Gallery talks: Sunday 26 June, 2.30pm – 4pm. Bookings required.
Panel discussion: Sunday 3 July, 2.00pm – 3.30pm. Bookings required.
Exhibition dates: 25 June – 31 July, 2022
Gallery hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 12-5pm. Free admission.