Welcome to the Thai Enquirer’s first-weekend arts event guide! Over the past few years, Thailand’s modern art scene has slowly but surely come into its own, pushing intellectual boundaries and creating new spaces for art enthusiasts to engage with social and political issues.
We hope that this feature can help foster the growth of this arts community by connecting our readers to new, exciting events in town. Each week, we will select and bring to you some of the events that you should check out over the weekend.
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FILM: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Date: 14 November and 21 November
Location: River City, Bangkok
Price: 150 baht
Ai Weiwei is undoubtedly one of the best-known dissidents against the Chinese government. In this film, which won her the Special Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, American filmmaker Alison Klayman chronicles the artist’s life between 2009 and 2011. These were the years when Ai first gained international recognition for his work and was also taken into custody by the Chinese government, sparking a global campaign for his release.
As China continue on its uncertain political journey, this film offers not only a look at Ai Weiwei’s life before he left the country in 2015, but also a view of China in the last few years before Xi Jinping came to power.
For further details: https://www.facebook.com/events/401475694574137/
EXHIBITION: There is No Thai Park
Date: Everyday except Mondays until 29 November
Location: S.A.C. Gallery, Soi Sukhumvit 39, Bangkok
It may not be surprising to find out that Germany has one of the largest Thai populations in Europe. The best evidence for the size and vitality of this community is the “Thaipark” food market held every Sunday at Berlin’s Preußenpark, which over the past decades has become a popular hangout spot for tens of thousands of Thai and non-Thai residents of Berlin alike. “There is No Thai Park,” organized by the Goethe-Institut and a group of Thai artists called the un.thai.tled collective, Berlin, explores this fascinating urban space that a group of Global South immigrants, largely women, have repurposed as a community space that is popular with the city’s residents but also in tension with tax, hygiene, and land use concerns.
For further details: https://www.facebook.com/events/815498195864956/
CONVERSATION: Nakamura Fuminori
Date: 14 November, 13:00-15:00
Location: Online at https://youtu.be/W8maKY_5vGo and in-person at the Japan Foundation, Bangkok (30-person limit)
Programming in Thai and Japanese
Nakamura Fuminori is one of Japan’s most prolific and popular noir writers. His works are acclaimed in Japan, and have recently begun to be translated, belatedly bringing him international recognition. The tension between the supposedly liberating gift of human agency and the silent cruelty of an uncaring, isolating society is a recurring theme in his writings. An example is his 2009 book “The Thief,” in which a pickpocket who only steals from the wealthy soon becomes trapped in the middle of a “real” heinous crime while at the same time also finding himself teaching sleight-of-hand techniques to a clumsy child who is forced to pickpocket by his mother, a sex worker. Nakamura depicts the quotidian life of the marginalized and the ignored with thoughtfulness, and is an author to keep an eye on.
For further details: https://www.facebook.com/events/764761067701740/
Compiled by: Kevin Patumwat