"The Lies We Tell Ourselves to Help Us Sleep" (2017) by Abdul Abdullah

(Photo: Courtesy of MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum)

To shed some light on the affects of Southeast Asia since the Vietnam War, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum proudly  presents a spectacular showcase titled DIASPORA: Exit, Exile, Exodus of Southeast Asia. Thoughtfully curated by Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani, an independent curator, writer and lecturer of Southeast Asian contemporary art, the focus and theme of the exhbition revolves around her research and fieldwork which particularly addresses pressing social and political issues in the region.

Opened at the beginning of this month, DIASPORA: Exit, Exile, and Exodus of Southeast Asia  was accompanied by a series of panel discussions featuring artists as well as professional writers whose commissioned essays are published in an exclusive catalogue available at the show. The three cornerstones of the diaspora phenomenon reflected within the title—exit, exile and exodus—attempt to probe into reality by examining the human condition surrounding the notions of marginalisation, of political and religious identity, and matters of home and belonging, drawing attention to the act of crossing geopolitical borders that punctuate Southeast Asia.

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Find an array of compelling and thought-provoking works of art by 18 talented international artists that extensively respond to these critical issues. The selection includes pieces by Nipan Oranniwesna, Pao Houa Her, The Maw Naing, Aditya Novali, Nontawat Numbenchapol, Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, Ho Tzu Nyen, Piyarat Piyapongwiwat, Abdul Abdullah, Prapat Jiwarangsan, Ryan Villamael, Sawangwongse Yawnghwe and more.


"War Zone in Kachin State and Northern State" by Sawangwongse Yawnghwe

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"The storm continues to rage outside and the wind sweep relentlessly across the land from the same direction" (2014-2015) by Nipan Oranniwesna

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"Locus Amoenus" by Ryan Villamael

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"Vessels (after the "Fleet" Project)" (2015) by Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan

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"2040" (2016) by Nipan Oranniwesna

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Alas, the great number of people whose lives are configured by their frequent traverse through the permeable borders face social exclusion daily. Be the first to step into the shoes of the displaced and  the exiled to comprehend the defining aspects of this arduous ongoing diaspora.

DIASPORA: Exit, Exile, Exodus of Southeast Asia is available for viewing until October 1, 2018 at the MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum.

This story has been re-edited by Mika Apichatsakol for ThailandTatler.com.

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