NOVA CONTEMPORARY presents YOU LEAD ME DOWN, TO THE OCEAN by Tada Hengsapkul, curated by Thanavi Chotpradit. This is the Second Edition developed from the First Edition shown at the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9) at the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia (2018-2019).
Born and raised in Nakhon Ratchasima (commonly known as Korat) where the Royal Thai Air Force and the United States Air Force were based during the Vietnam war and where the war’s cultural and political legacies remain visible, Hengsapkul has an interest in investigating Cold War history and its memories as a part of his artistic creativity. Together with field research, the artist has conducted archival research in a search for official records, images and various types of publications in both the National Archives of Thailand and the private sector. Hengsapkul’s discovery of information and historical narratives led to artworks that have revealed previously unfamiliar dimensions of the Vietnam War, its memories and its consequences: some imperceptible stories, and some unheard voices. YOU LEAD ME DOWN, TO THE OCEAN presents fragments of memories of the Vietnam War and its consequences, military power, traces of individuals’ relationships and glimpses of perspectives from the “little people” as seen in their writings.
YOU LEAD ME DOWN, TO THE OCEAN also presents a series of public programmes and workshops as follows.
Dear Love: From the Great War to the Vietnam War
A public lecture by Dr. Tul Israngura Na Ayudhya, Department of History, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University (in Thai)
A lecture entitled “Dear Love: From the Great War to the Vietnam War” by Dr. Tul Israngura Na Ayudhya, a historian who specialises in medieval and early modern European history, particularly the history of the Great War and the Second World War, deals with letters written during war time. This lecture considers the connection between various letters written during the Vietnam War which have been exhibited as art objects. It will reveal the meaning and implication of feelings, thoughts and the impact of war on individuals: the soldiers, their lovers and families.
Dear Writing: Love Letters
A reading group and writing workshop (closed-door activity, in Thai)
A reading group and writing workshop “Dear Writing: Love Letters” led by Tada Hengsapkul and Thanavi Chotpradit (No more than six participants) will consist of a reading of letters written by the soldiers and their families during the Vietnam War and a writing activity. The participants will be invited to write a letter as a reflection on the past and the exhibition.
* The letters written by the participants will be published in an exhibition catalogue.
A Thousand Pieces
A collage workshop + Catalogue Launch + DJ TADA, DJ ELAHEH, DJ AHIVAR & DJ JIRUS
A collage workshop entitled “A Thousand Pieces” led by Tada Hengsapkul and Thanavi Chotpradit (No more than six participants) will experiment with ways of playing with images for the purpose of storytelling. Superimposition, inappositeness, disorder, disarrangement and arbitrary juxtaposition of images and text will push the of boundaries of individuals’ expression.
** The participants will have a chance to see an art book which is part of the First Edition of YOU LEAD ME DOWN, TO THE OCEAN shown at the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9) at Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia (2018-2019).
*** As positions in the workshops are very limited and in Thai, please submit a letter of intention of not more than 1 page with a short CV to email@example.com by June, 25. Selected submissions will be notified by June, 30.
The collage workshop will be followed by a catalogue launch (in Thai with an English summary) at 18.00 hrs. and music by DJ TADA, DJ ELAHE, DJ AHIVAR & DJ JIRUS.