By THE NATION
Continuing its focus on regional perspectives, the Jim Thompson Art Centre is organising group exhibition “People, Money, Ghosts (Movement as Metaphor)” featuring works engaged with the idea and process of travel and migration. The participating artists are Cambodian artist Khvay Samnang, Filipino duo Amy Lien and Enzo Camacho, and Vietnamese Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai, who’s based in Hue.
Curated by Roger Nelson, the show features works created not in the artists’ home cities, but rather in distant sites charged with locally-specific meanings, both historical and contemporary. The works consider movement both as an experience, and as an object of artistic research. Each of the artists has chosen questions and concerns relating to the displacement of people, the shifts in foreign capital, and haunting after-effects as historical traces in contemporary locations. These sites of interest mirror the artists’ own experiences of movement and processes of working.
Two projects by Samnang explore movement in expanded Cambodian contexts. “Day by Day (2014-7)” by Thanh Mai looks at the experience of stateless Vietnamese migrant communities living in floating villages in Cambodia and in Vietnam.
Lien and Camacho. Meanwhile, present a new series comprising objects they term “video sculptures”. These explore the figure of a kind of ghost found in locations throughout Southeast Asia; a mythical creature which self-segments, leaving its legs in the (literal or metaphorical) forest while its head and torso fly through the city to terrorise its inhabitants.
The show continues until June 18. The Jim Thompson Art Centre is on Soi Kasemsan 2 near the National Stadium BTS station. It's open daily from 9am to 8pm. Admission is free.