“Samut,” a Siamese term for “document,” is a shifting space that hosts multiple and alternative ways of scripting and staging desires for co-existence. Reflecting on Thailand’s complex states of transition.
“Samut Thai” is a 2-day durational atelier which gathers statements from various artistic authors on the histories of belonging in the Kingdom.
The recent demise of the beloved monarch King Bhumibol, as well as the present authority of the military government, has set the Land of Smiles into a flux of sentiments and the condition of unrest. In “Samut Thai,” this instability is embodied in the form of ‘works-in-progress’: each provisionally searching for its root in ‘truth,’ each charged to turn the next page of hope for a bloodless tomorrow.
Tang Fu Kuen
(Independent Dramaturg, Producer and Curator)
Tang Fu Kuen is an independent Bangkok-based cultural worker in contemporary performance and visual fields, working in Asia and Europe. He was the sole curator of the Singapore pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale. He has worked in the Singapore Arts Festival, Indonesian Dance Festival, In Transit Festival (Berlin), Bangkok Fringe Festival, Colombo Dance Platform, amongst others.