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The Exit, Exile, and Exodus of Southeast Asia

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The Exit, Exile, and Exodus of Southeast Asia
"The Lies We Tell Ourselves to Help Us Sleep" (2017) by Abdul Abdullah. Image Courtesy of MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum

To shed some light on the affects of Southeast Asia since the Vietnam War, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum is proud to present a spectacular showcase this coming March, titled, DIASPORA: Exit, Exile, Exodus of Southeast Asia. Thoughtfully curated by Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani, an independent curator, writer, and lecturer of Southeast Asian contemporary art, the focus and theme of the exhbition revolves around her research and fieldwork which particularly addresses pressing social and political issues in the region. 
 

"The storm continues to rage outside and the wind sweep relentlessly across the land from the same direction"
(2014-2015) by Nipan Oranniwesna.
Image Courtesy of MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum 


DIASPORA: Exit, Exile, and Exodus of Southeast Asia will be open for viewing on March 3, 2018 at 7.30pm, accompanied by a series of panel discussions at 5pm before the launch that includes featured artists, as well as professional writers whose commissioned essays are published in an exclusive catalogue available at the show. There will also be topic-specific seminars held, and film screening programmes with subjects relevant to the issues of displacement in Southeast Asia throughout the entire course of the exhibition.
 

"Vessels (after the "Fleet" Project)" (2015) by Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan. Image Courtesy of MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum


The three cornerstones of the diaspora phenomenon reflected within the title; Exit, Exile and Exodus, attempt to probe into reality by examining the human condition surrounding the notions of marginalisation, of political and religious identity, and matters of home and belonging, drawing attention to the act of crossing geopolitical borders that punctuate Southeast Asia.
 

"War Zone in Kachin State and Northern State" by Sawangwongse Yawnghwe.
Image Courtesy of MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum 


Find an array of compelling and thought-provoking works of art by 18 talented international artists that extensively respond to these critical issues! The selection includes pieces by Nipan Oranniwesna, Pao Houa Her, The Maw Naing, Aditya Novali, Nontawat Numbenchapol, Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, Ho Tzu Nyen, Piyarat Piyapongwiwat, Abdul Abdullah, Prapat Jiwarangsan, Ryan Villamael, Sawangwongse Yawnghwe and more.
 

"Locus Amoenus" by Ryan Villamael. Image Courtesy of MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum 

"2040" (2016) by Nipan Oranniwesna. Image Courtesy of MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum 


Alas, the great number of people whose lives are configured by their frequent traverse through the permeable borders face social exclusion daily. Be the first to step into the shoes of the displaced and  the exiled to comprehend the defining aspects of this arduous ongoing diaspora.

 

 

The exhibition, ‘DIASPORA: Exit, Exile, Exodus of Southeast Asia’ will be open from March 3 - October 1, 2018 at the MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, 122, Moo 7 Tonpao Amphoe San Kamphaeng, Chang Wat, Chiang Mai 50130, Thailand. Head on to their website to find out more!


Any views or opinions in the post are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the company or contributors.



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