Where Can We Find a Silver Lining in Challenging Times?
Exhibition period: 17th March 2022 - 5th June 2022
Opening reception: 17th March 2022, 5:00 - 9:30 PM
Jim Thompson Art Center
Jim Thompson Art Center (Bangkok) and Hong Gah Museum (Taipei) are pleased to present Shadow Dancing: Where Can We Find a Silver Lining in Challenging Times? This is a follow-up exhibition to Challenging Time, Artists and Curatorial Exchange, and Research Residency Program between Thailand and Taiwan 2020, an experimental online exchange and artists’ research residency under a tele-collaboration between the Jim Thompson Art Center and Hong Gah Museum. Apart from expanding the existing network between Taiwan and Thailand's art communities, this exhibition functions as a collaboration between curators, artists, and specialists, including audiences; it is a collective composition that advocates the value of conversation, connectivity, and compassion as a model for being in this world during the current challenging times.
The exhibition is the second chapter in the Jim Thompson Art Center’s Cold War Exhibition series, focusing on the new production of art works dealing with the socio-political, economic and cultural contexts of Taiwan and Thailand from post-WWII to the present. As the result of an on-going discussion between participating artists and institutions, this edition is a retake of Cold War history, a departure point to facilitate the exploration of its remnants and aftermath, in relation to contemporary reality and an ambiguous future.
Shadow Dancing uncovers the micro narratives of history, which remind us to continuously speculate on the scenario of being in this complex and multi-faceted world by borrowing the concept of movement in the dark as a dynamic opposed to explicitness and righteousness. In a situation where we can’t see things clearly, when we have been submerged in the uncertainty of a pandemic, how can we find a silver lining in these challenging times? Moreover, we have been living a life that is perpetually controlled by internal and external factors, so that the way we live, the way we exist has been disrupted and changed like never before. Correspondingly, Shadow Dancing alludes to Taiwan’s dense history and its geopolitical position, as well as the on-going turbulent social and political situation that has cast a dark spell over Thailand. To this end, the results from four-months of virtual meetings and the online research residency by eight Taiwanese and Thai artists comprises multidisciplinary, experiential and participatory artworks, including performative video art and sound installation. The artists’ works on display here reflect multiple perspectives and offer multi-layered and continuous discussion on both ends.
4:00 - 5:00 PM - Ground Floor
Registration and ATK Testing*
5:00 - 6:30 PM - Event Space, 2nd Floor
Artists talk by Three Thai artists; Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Kridpuj Dhansandors, and Panachai Chaijirarat, moderate by Paweena Nekamanurak
The artists will be on-site to share their working methods and how they have learned and realized their artworks.
6:30 PM - Event Space, 2nd Floor
Opening reception & Welcome speech by Gridthiya Gaweewong, Artistic Director, Jim Thompson Art Center and Tien Yu-An, Director of Cultural Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Thailand
6.45 - 9.30 PM - Gallery 1 & 2, 3rd floor
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*Due to the Covid-19 situation, all participants are required to undergo ATK testing at the venue. We thank you for your cooperation.
This exhibition was made possible by generous support from the Ministry of Culture of Republic of China (Taiwan), Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Thailand, The James H.W. Thompson Foundation, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, GroundControl, and SEALECT BRAND, in partnership with Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute (TFAI), Public Television Service Taiwan (PTS, Taiwan), Lido Connect and PMCU. We would like to thank our members for their contribution to our exhibitions and programs.