Silver Souls

Silver Souls


rods,iron, fabric, shells,etc.


Mella Jaarsma was drawn to a Ferry Pier at Koh Klang, which connects the island to Krabi Town. It is a location where the everyday commute between the dominant Muslim fisherman community and the tourist townintersect. Tourists, who are not only interested in the beaches, finds themselves at home within the rich culture of the inhabitants. Jaarsma creates an installation with fishing rods in a line that hide her works under the water. She invites visitors, locals and tourists, to pull the fishing rods up and retrieve the artwork from the water. After viewing the visitor will cast the line into the water and the art will disappear underwater again. Nonetheless, movements between emerging and submerging of the artworks tell another story. During the site visits prior to the Biennale, the artist learned that the beautiful traditions of Batik hides a painful story of modernization. In the period in which Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram was the Prime Minister, Thailand underwent an intense culture revolution, and one aspect of the policy was to encourage the wearing of western cloth. Batik makers were forced to throw away their treasured copper stamps, which they used to create unique patterns on fabrics, into the river because Batik was considered ‘uncivilized’. They secretly attempted to retrieve some of the stamps at night. Silver Souls was made to recall this cultural memory, which has been buried in the river basin of Krabi. ภาษาไทย : คลิกที่นี่


Mella Jaarsma


Mella JAARSMA was born in the Netherlands in 1960 and has lived and worked in Indonesia since 1984. In 1988, she co-founded Cemeti Art House (with Nindityo Adipurnomo) the first space for contemporary art in Indonesia.

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