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Photography: Hans Fonk

Arahmaiani, one of Indonesia’s foremost contemporary visual and performance artists, will be in Bangkok this June to stage a new project in collaboration with Jim Thompson. Internationally recognized and a familiar face on the world biennale/triennale circuit, Arahmaiani is one of Southeast Asia’s sharpest and most penetrating dissident voices.

Arahmaiani’s Bangkok project Stitching the Wound, which will actively involve young women from the Baan Krua weaving community located across the klong from the Jim Thompson House, focuses on Muslim issues as a basis for a broader exploration of marginalization, identity and communication. Through interactive performance organised in close proximity with members of the Muslim Baan Krua enclave, Arahmaiani takes aim at the assumptions and stereotypes that are often responsible for fanning the flames of misunderstanding and fear at the heart of contemporary Muslim/non-Muslim relations in our region and beyond. The artist, a Javanese Muslim, is also concerned with the weight given to symbols associated with religion that are read and mis-read in such a way as to distort the essence of faith both for its practitioners and those outside its tenets.

Curated by Singapore-based Southeast Asian-art specialist Iola Lenzi, as well as including site-specific performance, installation and video conceptualised by Arahmaiani, the project will also present a diverse selection of recent work by artists of international origin investigating the theme from alternate view-points.

A fully-illustrated catalogue will document the exhibition and will feature scholarly essays by distinguished regional analysts including, Dr. Chaiwat Satha-Anand (Thailand), Dr. Imtiyaz Yusuf (Thailand), Dr. Siti Musdah Mulia (Indonesia), Amina Rasul (the Philippines), Nazry Bahrawi (Singapore) and Dr. Sunardi (Indonesia).

Exhibition: “Stitching the Wound"
Dates: June 23 – October 31, 2006
Location: Jim Thompson House, Center for the Arts
6 Soi Kasemsan 2 (BTS National Stadium)
Open: Daily 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Admission: free