Opening 23 JAN 2015
Exhibition 13 Feb - 27 feb 2015
"Who Are We?"
OPENING NIGHT 13 FEBRUARY 2015 6PM-9PM
The exhibition “Who are we?” presents the practice based research of Kata Sangkhae, a Melbourne–Bangkok based artist. This exhibition investigates the hybridity ofThai identities in terms of cultural phenomena through the process of creating products of visual art in across a variety of mediums.
Kata’s artworks focus on what proposes to be the inseparable relationship between visual art and social identity, and looks in particular at how this relationship evolves within site specific conditions. For this exhibition Kata examines the effect that specific geographical and cultural environments have on different Thai identities.
Within the exhibition, Kata further explores Thai identities on both a national and individual scale. He explores how historical processes and government constructions have shaped the national identity of Thailand since the 1930s throughout the period of modernisation and considers how these identities have been politically negotiated. On the individual side of the spectrum, Kata investigates the effect that other cultures have on the Thai identity by calling upon his direct experience and practice based research that he has conducted in Melbourne over the past three years.