Perspectives on Pattani

Art July 11, 2017 13:25

By The Nation

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An exhibition exploring Patani – the geographical area known in modern-day Thailand as the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, and parts of Songkhla – goes on show on July 19 at the Maiiam Contemporary Art Museum in Chiang Mai.

“Patani Semasa” features works by 27 artists and those engaged with issues relevant to Patani region and is a kaleidoscope of different perspectives, methodologies, and responses developed over 13 years. 

The dominant cultural identity of Patani region is historically informed by Malay ethnicity and Islam. The recurring narrative of Patani – especially in the last 13 years – resonates with images of violence. With this in mind, the preliminary question posed by this exhibition is: how are contemporary works of art and cultural representations of Patani presented: formally, narratively, verbally, and structurally?

By exploring the various reflections of visual artists, photographers, documentary filmmakers, architects, poets and writers on the events and contemporary way of life of Patani, this exhibition is a revitalisation and expansion of contemporary art and cultural space. 

Among the artists are Ampannee Satoh, Amru Thaisnit, Anis Nagasevi, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, I-na Phuyuthanon, Jakkai Siributr, Jamilah Daud, Jamilah Haji, Jehabdulloh Jehsorhoh, and Kameelah I-lala. The show is co-curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong, Kasamaponn Saengsuratham, Kittima Chareeprasit and Ekkalak Napthuesuk.

The museum will organise public events, seminars, screenings, and conversations with experts and artists throughout the exhibition’s duration. The exhibition will continue through February 14.

A panel discussion “No art in kitab kuning? a dialogue between Patani history, art and Islam” will be held on the opening day at 2 oed by Thanet Aphornsuvan, Wattana Sugunnasil, Davisakd Puaksom, and Nualnoi Thamsathien. The artist and curator talk will follow at 4 followed by the opening reception at 6.30pm.

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