WE'RE GETTING AVID FOR THE ARTS
A busy weekend blooms in Bangkok, with politics a recurring subject
Anyone who considers Bangkok's contemporary-art scene boring needs to get out more - especially this weekend, which features a slew of interesting exhibitions, talks and live performances on subjects ranging from the environment to politics and what's happening in Zambia.
Ecology and socio-political issues are highlighted in the touring exhibition "Riverscapes In Flux" opening on Friday at the gallery g23 at Srinakharinwirot Prasarmit University. Mounted by the Geothe Institut in Hanoi, the show covers ecological and cultural issues afflicting the Mekong, Chao Phraya, Red and Irrawaddy rivers through sculpture, mixed media, photography, video and sound installations by 17 artists in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Apisak Sonjod, one of the exhibition's six curators, invited Sutthirat Supaparinya, Jedsada Tangtrakulwong and Anothai Nitibhon to create pieces for the show. They'll be on hand on Saturday afternoon for a tour and discussion.
The death in prison this month of Ah Kong, jailed for 20 years on lese majeste charges, forms the grim backdrop for a "Remember Ah Kong Performance" on Friday at 8pm at the WTF Gallery on Sukhumvit Soi 51.
Members of the public can join Thai and Bangkok-based foreign artists in collectively reciting a poem written by his widow, Khun Rosmalin.
It will be read aloud 112 times, in reference to Article 112 of the Constitution. You can see the poem at www.WTF-Bangkok.com.
Ah Kong was convicted of abrogating Article 112 by sending four SMS messages from his phone. His lengthy sentence shocked and disturbed many people, as did his death in custody after being denied bail eight times.
Internationally acclaimed Prachaya Phinthong, just back from the prestigious dOCUMENTA 13 art festival in Germany, will give a talk, "From Pak Thong Chai to Zambia", at the Jim Thompson Art Centre on Saturday at 2pm.
He'll have his latest work with him, as seen in Germany, which centres on ecological issues in Zambia.
His talk is part of the ongoing exhibition "Art on the Farm: A diary from the Isan Plateau". Learn more at www.JimThomp-sonArtCentre. com.
Euro 2012 fans will get a kick out of a panel discussion on "Spectacular Images: Football, Cult of Popularity, and Aesthetics of Representation" in the Reading Room on Silom Soi 19 on Saturday at 1pm.
Keiko Sei and Kasem Phenpinan will discuss the football phenomenon amid screenings of the film "Final Kick" and scenes from "Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait".
The following Saturday at 3pm it will be the turn of Pinyapan Potjanalawan and Arjin Thongyuukong to talk footie, specifically the resurgence of the game's popularity in Thailand.
Get the details at www.ReadingRoom-Bkk.org.
Meanwhile this coming Sunday afternoon, Gallery Ver in Suan Rod Fai will open the exhibition "80 Year 2475: Don't Talk the Truth of an Uncertainly Dream" by Ubatsat and Paphonsak La-or. The artists tackle Thai democracy past and present in a show continuing to June 30.
At 4pm lecturers Pandit Chanrochana- kit and Chatree Prakitnonthakarn will discuss the cultural failure of the People Party. Discover more at www.Gallery-Ver.com.