Chiang Mai Now!
A regional city equipped with distinct geography, diverse ethnic groups, intermingle cultures, Chiang Mai brews social complexities, giving rise to original and independent cultural organizations, artists, and cultural activists who choose the city as a base to live, research, investigate, and even experimenting in solving problems with unique approaches. It is evident in various attempts, whether it is creating alternative art spaces without support from authority, modifying the use of various media to communicate art to broader audiences, or constructing ground-works for alternative livings leading to social changes with forefront visions. All these are idiosyncratic rationalities that artists and cultural activists make use of, to challenge the condition and limitation presented by the rapidly changing society.
Placing Chiang Mai as a context, we are interested in what is happening and what is existing at the moment, not what is about to begin or what has already ended. With this reason, ‘now’ is the keyword signifying time as a stage of present, it is a dynamic word that is a motion of constant change. ‘Now’ is a stopped duration, and ‘Now’ with an exclamation mark (!) is to show imperative mood to point at a critical stage that our society is now facing.
Chiang Mai Now! does not aim to present the best cultural projects nor the most successful, rather it is to show processes and various attempts that generate cultural activities, which in turn reflect challenges, obstacles, and even defects in thinking resulting from the inequality in the social, educational, and economical backgrounds, and diverse political thinking in the various areas.
We need to stop for a moment, to learn, in order to collectively understand. Chiang Mai Now! , is not a project to judge or to assess value of any individuals or cultures. The exhibition merely provides a platform, for the diversity of thoughts presenting diverse minds, to hold dialogue with the society at its centre, as to their existence and acceptance. It is an exhibition meant to point out the importance of ‘now’, as a juncture, as an understanding in shades of difference. And from here on, it might be a beginning of what could sustain us as a collective society.
Artists and Cultural Activists
1.North Forest Studio
3.ComPeung featuring Jai Arun Ravine
4.Malateh Media Studio
5.Lanna Bird and Nature Conservation Club
6.Yonyang featuring Torlarp Larpjaroensook
7.31st Century Museum of Contemporary Spirit
9.the land foundation
10.ChiangMai Sunday Cycling Club
12.Punya Movie Club
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