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AIT ARTIST TALK #71 "Tangled Thread over Southeast Asia"

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"Tangled Thread over Southeast Asia"
Artist Talk by Piyarat Piyapongwiwat from Thailand

Date: Monday, October 23, 2017
Time: 19:00-21:00 (18:30 Door open)
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room

*All admissions with 1 drink / Booking required / English only

Collaborative patchwork created by local home-based tailor, courtesy of the artist

AIT is pleased to host a talk by the current artist in residence from Thailand, Piyarat Piyapongwiwat.
For the past decades, Fast Fashion has brought a whirlwind of change in our world, economically and culturally. With the countries of Southeast Asia as well as China are the main producers in the industry that they satisfy our basic necessity, issues on the wage and the working/living environment of the workers have emerged along with the growth of the industry.

Over the last 5 months, Piyarat Piyapongwiwat has spent her days conducting detailed research over several countries in Southeast Asia such as Vietnam, Thaniland, Cambodia, Myanmar where she observed of workers carefully in garment factories in each country. She collected pieces of video footages including everyday lives of these workers, even with their own cameras on the mobile phones capturing their private scenes with the family members.

Left: Garment workers working in the factory in Phnom Penh, courtesy of the artist
Right: Worker dormitory near Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone (PPSEZ), courtesy of the artist

At this talk, Piyapongwiwat will share us what these collections of moments will narrate in today's globalizing community and will revolve around the issues on work environment, wage, and labor conditions in the Southeast Asia's garment industry, as the reverse side of globalism in our economic and cultural activities.

We hope that you can join us.

Date: Monday, October 23, 2017
Time: 19:00-21:00 (18:30 Door open)
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room
Capacity:20 *Booking required
Admission: JPY1000 (JPY800 for Students and AIT Base Members / Free for AIT House and Support Members)
*All admissions with 1 drink / Booking required / English only

Please send an email with its subject line as "AIT ARTIST TALK #71" at otoiawase@a-i-t.net, including your name, contact phone number and the category of your admission.

[Artist Profile]

Piyarat Piyapongwiwat (born in Phrae, Thailand, 1977) is an artist based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Her work centers on contemporary issues such as gender and social disparity as well as the implications of the globalized economy, which she conveys by incorporating philosophy and social science theories through the use of various media such as images, photographs, texts, and sounds. She is currently staying shortly in Japan, as part of Japan Foundation Asia Center's fellowship program and also joining a residence program supported by AIT. Her recent works have been exhibited at "Koganecho Bazaar" (Kanagawa, 2016) in which her work "Message from Nowhere to Nowhere" was derived from a research on Thai community in Yokohama, along with a collection of words and conversations gathered in the urban space. She also participated in a group exhibition "Samut Thai: Incomplete History" (Kanagawa, 2017) with other fellow Thai artists. Most recently, she is currently participating in the 6th Asian Art Biennial at National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taichung, Taiwan, 2017).