International Women’s Day 2020 takes place on March 8th, and the entire duration of March is officially designated as National Women’s History Month, so it’s no surprise that many art exhibitions taking place in Bangkok over the coming weeks feature female artists.
Of course, there are so many talented women artists in Thailand that most months of the year already feature artworks by women, however two of these shows in particular are group exhibitions, bringing together diverse yet likeminded ladies who share their messages through various visual mediums.
NIMBY (Not In My Backyard)
Palette Art Space: Until March 15
There’s still time to catch this group exhibition at Palette Art Space, featuring five Thai female artists examining toxic dust and various other environmental problems that are becoming more serious all the time. The term NIMBY stands for “not in my backyard” and refers to people not wanting dangerous or unpleasant things entering their community or neighbourhood. Many of the works here are fantasy or abstract paintings, but the underlying messages of environmental catastrophe and animal welfare are anything but abstract concepts. The participants in the show are: Supmanee “Tui” Chaisansook, who creates mystifyingly beautiful abstract watercolour paintings; Sudaporn “Som” Teja, an accomplished abstract artist; Sukhonthip “Kwang” Pimparian, a mixed media abstract artist; Supamat “Tian” Taweechotipat, who incorporates plastic refuse into her elegant artworks; and Salawarin “Jang” Jaijuntuk, a Lanna folk artist who deals a lot with the subject of animal cruelty.
A Room Full of Women
ATT 19: March 5 – April 4
In honour of Women’s History Month, ATT 19 gallery is celebrating Thai female artists and creatives in a group exhibition showcasing different types of art forms and mediums. Entitled ‘A Room Full of Women’ the expansive show – over a dozen artists in all – has been put together by ATT 19’s female creative director and curator Mook Attakanwong. It brings together women of different career paths, shapes and sizes and provides them with a platform and freedom to showcase projects and art that represents their interest and their identities as creatives. Not only will audiences experience art in new forms, but each woman represented will (hopefully) serve as inspiration, especially to the younger generation, to show that gender does not limit your potential. In addition to the curated display there will be a Body Image talk on March 14th, a performance and sculpture installation March 17th, a poetry performance March 21st, and a 360DragonFly talk by Emmy Boonsakulcharoen on March 28th.
Women in Focus
Alliance Français: March 5 – April 10
A photo exhibition entitled Women in Focus by Thai-French, Bangkok-based photographer Ploy Phutpheng will be on exhibit as part of the month-long Francophone Festival. Ploy spends much of her time as a freelance photographer for UN Women (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women), and admits she takes her inspiration from Steve McCurry’s work, which has driven her current signature style of balancing warm colours, emotions, people and moments to generate a creative effect.
Gallery 36: Until April 30
Gallery 36 at the Pullman Bangkok Hotel G presents Jardin Botanique, a very special solo exhibition by Thai textile designer and watercolour artist Fuanglada “Sai” Verdillon, which will premier 24 of her original first edition paintings and prints on both silk and canvas. The pieces take the viewer on a journey through Sai’s five sources of inspiration: the charm of Ming pottery; the colours of Tunisia; the energy of Sicilia; the deep blues of the Andaman Sea; and memories of tropical rainforests. Sai began her studies at Surat Thani Vocational College, and then continued on to Rajamangala University of Technology where she got her degree in fashion and textile design. After graduating she worked in the textile industry, but in 2014 she began JANFIVE Studio and now creates bags, scarfs and paintings that sell worldwide.