Well a big part of today was spent looking at all the amazing art at BACC which stands for Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. Its a MASSIVE place and really does need about 3-4hours of looking to get through everything. I think I got there about 10:30 and left at just after 1pm!! There are a few amazing displays on there at the moment and here are my reviews of each of the works I saw.
Now The first few floors are covered by an amazing exhibition titled ‘Exodus-Deja Vu’. This wonderful exhibition about the plight of people escaping conflict zones was quite amazing. I loved the very different approachers each photographer took, and the works they wanted to share with us. The photographers showing are Coskan Aral, Issa Touma, Sergey Ponomarev, Roland Neveu, Rahman Roslan, Nilufer Demir, Suthep Kritsanavarin, Jean Chung and Greg Constantine. There is such a mix of approaches and styles over these photographers its quite a wonderful, even though quite sad, collection of images. You can read more about the edition and the contributing artists at the offical website.
This image by Suthep Kritsanavarin was one that I really felt the savageness of what happens to people trying to better their life by fleeing violence into violence. These Rohingya refugees were beaten and later released being told they would be murdered if they ever return to Myanmar.
‘Trung mu – endless sight’ is an exhibition by Nguyen Phuong Lin. A multi roomed experience that uses light, moving and still images which she uses as a ‘process of opening your eyes to memory.’ It’s a marvellous installation that you move through section by section discovering different lighting and visual stimulation. The installation was and felt quite photographic in nature to its play on light and dark.
The main gallery space is filled with an abundance of works by local up and coming artists in an incubator project run by the Gallery. All the selected artists have installed work and will be judged by a panel to determine and choose 2 artists to receive funding for international Residencies and help expose them and their art to the world.
Again there was so much to look at, it was hard to really find the time to spend with all of the works properly to give them time to wash over me. One artist named Suhaidee Sata had a very unique series of made objects installed in the gallery space. He has made guns out of coconut fibre. These interesting items are in opposition to the goings on in the south of Thailand and the political nature of lawlessness that seems to be brewing in the region.
A floor is dedicated to the photographic work of H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn titled ‘Poetry of Light.’
This was a breathtaking range of images from travel images to snapshots from her daily life. There are some truely lovely and moving images amongst this collection. I really enjoyed her collection of images relating to the building of the funeral and crematorium for King Rama 9.
And the final exhibition is titled ‘Common Exercises: Isan Contemporary Report.’ The level is filled with art from the Northern farming region of Thailand that boarders Cambodia and Laos. To quote directly form the catalogue ‘The exhibition highlights contemporary phenomena of Isan’s dynamic growth self determination.’ I don’t think I could have put it better myself. There were many amazing works in the collection that all had a unique story to tell about the area.
For some more reading about all these exhibitions please pop over to the BACC Website and look through each of the exhibitions and the reading materials they have. If you have any questions please leave a comment below.