I arrived in Sam Rit residency with no plan and expectation. I basically allowed climate, surroundings and people in the community who went on with their daily routine to have governed my pace. I observed rhythm of life within the culture through which I explored local histories.
During the four weeks in Sam-Rit my activities involved the followings: -
- Visits to historical sites which included Historical burial site, Phimai temple, Ya Mo in Korat and Toong Sam Rit historical monuments
- I also went to explore a three hundred-year-old mural at Buddhist temple in Wat Taku, Pakthongchai
- Jayasaro Bhikku’s meditation guidance at Baan Torsi Pakthongchai,
- Construction site of Luang Por To in Pak Chong
- Enjoyed discussion with the National artist Tawee Rachaneekorn at Tawee Rachaneekorn Art Centre in Korat
- Women’s weaving village group in Pakthongchai
- Newly open Korat house and visit the inaugural exhibition which showed print media work of Ajarn Surichai Siriboon.
- Market places wholesale fruit and vegetable market
- Village life and locals’ hospitality and enjoyed hearing stories from elders at Wat Sam Rit Tawan Tok and Wat Sam Rit Tawan Ork during ordination ceremonies.
- Khun Ta Kong and his children’s traditional kite making from natural and recycled materials
- Khun Orn making Thai cookies with flour and sesame seed
- I visited paddy fields, rice storage, riverside and the neighbourhood
- Record song from Korat music
- Performances from women and youth community organised by Khun Orn in which I translate from Thai-Isan into English
- I offered my music and left the instrument to stay with Sam Rit Residency and for the community people in the village and to future residents to enjoy
Workshops include: -
- I conducted workshop to secondary school students at SamRit vitayakom in which I engaged an English class and conducted group session on drawings. Students took turns to speak about their work.
- I gave a talk at Tarnprasart Vitayakom and visited the art gallery within the school
- Meeting for a discussion with the school Principal and art teacher at Tarnprasart Vitayakom for future collaboration between the school and Sam Rit Residency
Phaptawan most recent exhibitions include the followings: -
- Exhibition Traces of Word: Art from Asia at Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia May 2017, showing existing work Cast Off, 2010
- A solo and a group exhibition scheduled in Sydney in 2017
- A solo exhibition Bangkok scheduled early 2018
- A collaborative project at a public venue in New South Wales late 2018
- More information http://phaptawansuwannakudt.com/