WATER / LIFE LINE
Photography and Video Art from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam
Curated By Loredana Pazzini Paracciani
Being the longest river in Southeast Asia, the Mekong rises in China, crossing and bordering Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. For centuries these populations have depended on the river and its tributaries for food, water and transport, shaping their life and culture along its magnificent watercourse. Worldwide the Mekong is known for its arresting landscapes. From deserts to flourishing vegetation, the river offers life and death to its inhabitants. At the same time, the rapid transformation of its indigenous communities towards global societies and invasive human intervention is jeopardizing the river’s reach cultural identity. The artists and works featured in WATER/ Life Line – Photography and Video Art from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam bring together diverse stories from the Mekong countries about their relationship with water: how the river pervades their lives, its impact on the surrounding landscape and how this rapidly transforming region adapts to global expectations. By featuring an array of telling images and personal stories of the community living on the riverbanks, the viewer is immersed in the spectacle of nature, at times indulgent while at other times unforgiving.
About the Curator
Loredana Pazzini Paracciani is an independent curator, writer and lecturer in the Fine Arts Programme at LASALLE-Goldsmith College of the Arts, Singapore. She is now based in London .
She writes for several academic journals, art magazines and symposium publications, and works extensively as an independent curator for both commercial and public galleries and institutions in Singapore, Bangkok, London and New York, improving the visibility of outstanding artists from Southeast Asia. She has a master’s degree in Asian Art Histories (LASALLE-Goldsmith College of the Arts, Singapore) and has developed through her research an academic and curatorial interest focused predominantly on contemporary art in Thailand.