FAITH and FAIRY TALES: New Media Art for Thailand

Curated by Loredana Pazzini- Paracciani, 14 March – 17 April 2014, ADM Gallery
School of Art Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Featured Artists: Piyatat Hemmatat, I-na Phuyuthanon, Kaensan Rattanasomrerk, Taiki Sakpisit Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, Christelle Lheureux & Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Co-Directors)

Thailand all-inclusive Theravada Buddhist cosmology is today experiencing progressive religious fragmentation. The coexistence of multiple religious strands, superstitions and folk tales challenge Thailand's traditionally held religious beliefs. The personal consumption and marketplace commodification of religious symbols, from the Phra Kreung (charms or amulets) for protection and good luck, to the worship of deities, icons and supernatural powers have contributed in morphing Buddhism in Thailand into a system where doctrines, superstitions and convenience seem to blend. The video and photography installations presented in FAITH and FAIRY TALES: New Media Art for Thailand investigate the spiritual and tangible space of faith and belief in Thai culture from various perspectives.