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"'The Middle Way: Christchurch Meets Bangkok, Bangkok Meets Christchurch"
2003-11-19 until 2003-12-19
Center of Contemporary Art
NZ New Zealand (Aotearoa)
'The Middle Way' (Christchurch meets Bangkok, Bangkok meets Christchurch) brings together, for the very first time, art lecturers/artists from the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand and the Faculty of Fine Arts, Design & Arts College of New Zealand. The aim and the challenge of 'The Middle Way' is for both Thai and New Zealand artists to make work that in some way describes an enlarged concept of art and at the same time will encourage a closer understanding between two so very different cultures.
'The Middle Way' in Thai Buddhist terms means: "Travelling the middle way, refuting the extremes and having tolerance for others" and for New Zealand/European artists this could mean, finding 'a type of middle ground'.
The Thai artists involved in 'The Middle Way' are Vichoke Mukdamanee, Amrit Chusuwan, Saravuth Duangjumpa, Panya Vijinthanasarn and Vichai Sithiratn and the New Zealand artists Victoria Edwards, Rudolf Boelee, Ina Johann, Michael Collins and Tony Bond, with curatorial involvement from Janet Abbott and Dr. Lertsiri Bovornkitti. A workshop and a public lecture by Thai and New Zealand artists will take place in the week leading up to the exhibition. The opening ceremony promises to be a memorable occasion for our Thai guests and a real cultural focus for the Thai community in Christchurch and of interest to Centre of Contemporary Art patrons. There will be involvement from the monks of Wat Buddha Samakhee (the local Thai temple on Marshlands Road) and a 'long drum dance' choreographed by dancer/teacher Sittichai Pornpichayanarak.
'The exhibition will then travel to Bangkok during January 2004 with a further workshop, a public forum and seminar. The exhibition opening ceremony of 'The Middle Way' will take place on the 23rd of January at the Art Gallery of the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University.
Rudolf Boelee, Thai/New Zealand exchange exhibitions curator/co-ordinator