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Participating artists: Jarupatcha Achavasmit, Yasumasa Morimura, Yoshitomo Nara, Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Wisut Ponnimit and Vachiraporn Limviphuvadh, Ryota Suzuki, Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong
Curatorial Assistants: Penwadee Nophaket Manont and Nunnaree Panichkul

The Jim Thompson Art Center proudly presents “Tomyam Pladib” an art exhibition of Thai and Japanese artists exploring the coexistence of the traditional the contemporary. This project will present multi-layered perspectives on this synergy and modern art, as seen and interpreted by Japanese and Thai artists, drawing on their short- and long-term cross-cultural experiences. The exhibition will feature Japanese artists who have visited Bangkok to create and exhibit their work. Some have fallen in love with the city, and continue to live and work here. It will also include Thai artists who have lived and worked in Japan.

“Tomyam Pladib” aims to show the complexity of Thai and Japanese contemporary art and culture through the multi-disciplinary works of Thai and Japanese artists. The artists explore the co-existence of the traditional and the contemporary in their respective cultures, using a variety of artistic strategies including video art, animation, installation, textiles and fashion as well as literature. Most of the works stem from memory, cultural collaboration and everyday life experience.

The title “Tomyam Pladib” was inspired and coined by Bangkok-based Japanese writer, Ryota Suzuki, who has long served as a bridge between his own culture and Thai culture. In his Thai language column for A Day monthly magazine, Suzuki shares Japanese responses to Thai culture, and reflections on everyday life in Bangkok. He also writes bi-weekly articles for Yomiuri Shimbun about Thai culture and Thai attitudes towards the Japanese. The title “Tomyam Pladib” combines a famous dish from each country’s cuisine. Tomyam is a spicy Thai soup and Pladib (meaning ‘raw fish’) is the Thai term for sashimi. This new term reflects an understanding between Thais and Japanese who are familiar with both languages. It also symbolizes the special relationship between the Thai and Japanese communities. The title unites two of Asia’s great gastronomic traditions. As far as we know, the two dishes have never been mixed together before.

Tomyam Pladib is an exhibition dedicated to an artistic dialogue and the strengthening of the cultural relationship with Japan, in response to the celebration of 120 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Thailand, and the 30th anniversary of the Japanese Volunteers Association relationship with the Jim Thompson Thai House Museum. Special events, curator’s and artists’ talks, seminars and a workshop will be conducted throughout the exhibition period.

For more information please contact:
Penwadee (Exhibition Coordinator) at 02-612-6741, 02-219-2911
penwadee@jimthompsonhouse.com or artcenter@jimthompsonhouse.com

TOMYAM PLADIB: EDUCATIONAL & PUBLIC PROGRAM
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