“Body as Encounters” Group Exhibition | Chiang Mai Photo Festival 2017

For the second edition of Chiang Mai Photo Festival 2017, I have been invited to curate a group exhibition titled “Body as Encounters”. This folder documents the exhibition and other related events of the festival.

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“Body as Encounters”

Featuring:
Buddhadasa Bhikkhu (Surat Thani)
Nap Jamir II (Manila)
Erik Prasetya and Ayu Utami (Jakarta)
Dansoung Sungvornveshapan (Bangkok)
Samantha Tio (Singapore / Bali)
Nurul Huda A. Rashid (Singapore)
Adrian Mulya (Jakarta)
Nguyễn Uyên Minh (Saigon)

Curated by Zhuang Wubin

Venue: Chiang Mai University Art Center
3 to 12 Feb 2017

Since the inception of photography, practitioners have been directing the camera on the human body. This group exhibition features eight bodies of work made in Southeast Asia from the 1970s to the present moment, marking photography’s transition from an analogue practice to the selfie age. The featured practitioners explored the possibilities of the body and portraiture/self-portraiture in their works. Through their varying practices, the body becomes a site of collaboration and performance, a vessel of obscured memories and narratives, and a medium of experimentation and communication.

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View the extract of the catalogue featuring this exhibition:  https://www.academia.edu/32407337/Short_introduction_to_the_group_exhibition_Body_as_Encounters_2017_

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25 Jan 2017 / First prints done!

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31 Jan 2017 / “The Things That Take Us Apart”, By Tada Hengsapkul; Curated by Kittima Chareeprasit, At Gallery Seescape; Highlight exhibition of Chiang Mai Photo Festival 2017

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1 Feb 2017 / Late late dinner after the first day of exhibition setup at CMU Art Center
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3 Feb 2017 / A key initiative of Chiang Mai Photo Festival 2017 is the two-day roundtable featuring educators from Asia and around the world. The aim is to create an informal grouping of education institutes dealing directly or partially with the teaching of photography. Educators who made presentations represent institutions including University of Central Florida, Parsons School of Design, Rogers State University, Coastal Carolina University, Umea University, Ateneo de Manila, Bandung Institute of Technology, Chung-Ang University, Maranatha Christian University, The Fine Arts Center of Greenville County, and Hong Kong Baptist University.
3 Feb 2017 / Chiang MaiHosted lunch by Chiang Mai Photo Festival
3 Feb 2017 / Hosted lunch by Chiang Mai Photo Festival
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3 Feb 2017 / Group portrait of the festival guests at House of Photography Chiang Mai
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3 Feb 2017 / Guests arrive at Chiang Mai University Art Center for the opening of Chiang Mai Photo Festival 2017. / Courtesy of CMPF2017

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3 Feb 2017 / Grand opening of the Chiang Mai Photo Festival 2017 at CMU Art Center
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3 Feb 2017 / I am glad to have Philippine photographer / filmmaker Nap Jamir II visit the festival. His 1974 experimental work is part of the “Body as Encounters” group exhibition that I curated at CMU Art Center.
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3 Feb 2017 / Philippine artist Nap Jamir II gives a quick intro to his photo based experiments made in 1974. / Courtesy of CMPF2017
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3 Feb 2017 / I give a quick tour of the group show that I curated, titled “Body as Encounters”, to visiting guests. / Courtesy of CMPF2017
3 Feb 2017 / Chiang MaiAfter-party at Slope Motion
3 Feb 2017 / After-party at Slope Motion

3 Feb 2017 / Chiang Mai After-party at Slope Motion Courtesy of CMPF2017

3 Feb 2017 / Chiang Mai After-party at Slope Motion Courtesy of CMPF2017

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4 Feb 2017 / A key initiative of Chiang Mai Photo Festival 2017 is the two-day roundtable featuring educators from Asia and around the world. The aim is to create an informal grouping of education institutes dealing directly or partially with the teaching of photography. Educators who made presentations represent institutions including University of Central Florida, Parsons School of Design, Rogers State University, Coastal Carolina University, Umea University, Ateneo de Manila, Bandung Institute of Technology, Chung-Ang University, Maranatha Christian University, The Fine Arts Center of Greenville County, and Hong Kong Baptist University.

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5 Feb 2017 / We brought some of the festival guests to the newly built Maiiam Contemporary Art Museum at San Kamphaeng. It is particularly interesting to have caught “The Timeless Present Moment”, the retrospective exhibition of Kamin Lertchaiprasert.

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5 Feb 2017 / San KamphaengHosted lunch at San Kamphaeng
5 Feb 2017 / Hosted lunch at San Kamphaeng

5 Feb 2017 / San Kamphaeng Hosted lunch at San Kamphaeng

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“Untitled” (2016) + “Hijab/Her” (2012) / Nurul Huda (Singapore)

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“Winners of Life” (2007-15) / Adrian Mulya (Jakarta)

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Left: “The Hall of Hyperdelic Youths” (2009-10) / Samantha Tio (Singapore / Bali)
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“Dharma Text Next To Image” (1972-91) / Buddhadasa Bhikkhu (Surat Thani)
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“Time Delay” (1988) / Dansoung Sungvornveshapan (Bangkok)
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“Foto-Me Series” (1974) / Nap Jamir II (Manila)
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Right: “From Lust to Trust” (2002) / Ayu Utami and Erik Prasetya (Jakarta); Left: “An SMS From Mom” (2014-15) / Nguyen Uyen Minh (Saigon)
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“From Lust to Trust” (2002) / Ayu Utami and Erik Prasetya (Jakarta)
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“An SMS From Mom” (2014-15) / Nguyen Uyen Minh (Saigon)
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