The time I was in residence made me produce, reflect, renew, inspire, transform and learn a lot about my own work.There were so many photographs that I lost count. Projects that I did not know what direction would lead I had the opportunity to complete with new ideas. There, I grew up artistically and personally. The Thai Buddhism taught me so many things that is hard to put it into words. Even my work has evolved with the Buddhist philosophy. The Thai culture is rich in detail and color, which is completely different from the monochrome I'm used to doing and that shock enabled me to have many ideas.
During the residency I had the pleasure to meet two very talented artists, the French artist Marie who draws and paints in a way that I had never seen, and the Spanish artist Alba, she paints as well as cooking good Thai food. The exchange of cultural experiences is amazing.
Thais are a very nice people, easy smile, receptive, love parties and enjoy life in an incredible way. The language could have been a barrier that would limit my work, but it was not. I could not speak a word or read a signpost, but I learnt so many words that helped me in my stay. The food could have been another barrier, also it was not. I miss the food that Jin and her mother prepared, they make the best food in Thailand such as pad thai, pad see ew, kao pad (I ate the dishes that are not spicy because they really love pepper). I could visit other places and in none of these places ate food such as theirs.
Being in a place where you do not see foreigners is very good because that way I felt I could know the real Thailand. Sam Rit I did not feel away from home, I felt at home. On's family, the mother of the director Art and married to Lindsay, is amazing and I felt like part of the family. I just have to thank them all for their hospitality and kindness. The village itself looks like a big family ready to welcome you with open arms. I will never forget the people of this place and the things that I could live there.
I am grateful for this opportunity and good luck to all.