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Art Book Launch, Discussion, and Book Signing: 15 754 Relatos Entre dos Despachos / 15 754 Stories Between Two Offices / ๑๕ ๗๕๔ เรื่องเล่าจากสองหน่วยงาน by Natalia Ludmila
November 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The book is part of a project in two stages by Natalia Ludmila initiated after living a decade in South East Asia. It covers seemingly random events that occurred for forty-three years in Thailand and Mexico, imitating classified diplomatic cables. They were sent over the mail from Bangkok to Mexico City, and all cable letters arrived at their destination. These letters were compiled into a book and published in Spanish, Thai, and English.
The book will be launched on 28 November 2023, 5:30 pm-7:00 pm at SEA Junction following its launch in Mexico. The author / artist Natalia Ludmila will be present to discuss her book with renowned art critic and educator Brian Curtin as commentator and independent curator Nim Niyomsin as moderator. The artist will talk about her motivations for this project and discuss how it can challenge readers’ views about events in the two countries.
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Natalia Ludmila (1980) was born in Mexico City and grew up in Toronto, Canada. She is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice shifts between painting, drawing, video, and sound. Her work can be defined as studio-based research that points to the political—questioning forms of representation and the construction of false or biased narratives in the context of conflict. Natalia’s practice is a tool to locate and highlight social imbalances. She sees in her work the means to start a conversation. Ludmila received a BFA from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and an MA from the University Of Canberra, Australia. She has exhibited in several solo and group shows across the world and was the Second Prize recipient in the XVIII Ibiza Biennale. Natalia has been awarded several grants for international residencies, spending time at Sàn Art/a.farm, Vietnam, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Canada. Cittadellarte, Italy and INSTINC, Singapore.
Brian Curtin is an Irish-born art critic and educator. He was very active as a curator between 2007-18, mounting exhibitions internationally and managing the experimental venue H Project Space in Bangkok. Trained as an artist, Brian holds a Ph.D. from the University of Bristol, UK, and his writings have been published in Art Journal, Artforum, Craft Research, Frieze, Journal of Curatorial Studies, and Parachute, amongst others. His monograph Essential Desires: Contemporary Art in Thailand was published by Reaktion Books in 2021. Brian lectures on the International Programme in Communication Design (CommDe and CommMA) at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok where he has lived since 2000.
Commentator & Moderator’s Bio
Nim Niyomsin is an independent curator currently based in Bangkok, Thailand. She received a Master of History of Art from Birkbeck, University of London (2009), and an MBA from Southeastern Louisiana University (2003). Nim specialises in contemporary art, photography, and public art events. Prior to working independently, she worked in galleries in Bangkok, the Artist Pension Trust, and the Horniman Museum and Gardens in London. Nim has been working as a curator for many art institutions and international organisations, including MOCA BANGKOK, Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center (Bangkok), Tang Contemporary, PhotoBangkok, HOP – Hub of Photography (Bangkok), 1PROJECTS (Bangkok, Singapore), Richard Koh Fine Art (Singapore, Bangkok) 333Anywhere (Bangkok), SAC Gallery (Bangkok), Objectifs – Centre for Photography and Film (Singapore) and Forty7 Gallery (London). She has written for Fineart Magazine (Thailand), Why Magazine (England), and the Bangkok Trader.
SEA Junction, established under the Thai non-profit organisation Foundation for Southeast Asia Studies (ForSEA), aims to foster understanding and appreciation of Southeast Asia in all its socio-cultural dimensions, from arts and lifestyles to economy and development. Conveniently located in Room 408 of the Bangkok Arts and Culture Center or BACC (across MBK, BTS National Stadium), SEA Junction facilitates public access to knowledge resources and exchanges among students, practitioners and Southeast Asia lovers.
1PROJECTS was founded by Charuwan Chanthop to organise Asian contemporary art projects and to promote and support emerging Asian contemporary artists locally and internationally at art fairs overseas and in Bangkok, Thailand. 1PROJECTS covers all aspects, from art advisory to sourcing works for collections and commissioning, as well as project management and coordination. Charuwan’s projects have been featured in Thai PBS television, ChannelNewsAsia, as well as in publications such as Bangkok Post, Matichon, and Art Asia Pacific.