Mini Talk with Narawan Pathomvat:【 Self-Organized Initiatives and Collective Practices in Japanese Contemporary Art Community 】
Date: Friday, March 31, 2017 | 6:00 – 08:00 PM
Venue: Asian Culture Station, Nimmanhaemin Road, Chiang Mai
Asian Culture Station is pleased to invite you to join a lecture on Self-Organized Initiatives and Collective Practices in Japanese Contemporary Art Community by researcher and art library director, Narawan Pathomvat.
In 2009, Narawan Pathomvat founded The Reading Room, a non-profit contemporary art library in Bangkok which continues to provide a platform for cultural activities. Apart from her role as a university lecturer at the Department of Art History, Faculty of Archaeology, Silpakorn University, Pathomvat is also an independent researcher, writer, and translator.
Last year, Pathomvat received a research grant from Japan Foundation Asia Center to conduct a longitudinal survey on self-organized initiatives and collective practices in Japanese art community that are not funded by major sources of finance. Historically, it is widely known through English textbooks that, after World War II, Japan was replete with experimental artists who gathered and vigorously started a powerful movement. However, such congregation is rarely seen or documented in the narrative of Japanese contemporary art. Pathomvat has thus set off on a journey around the country and met with different groups of people to learn about the framework and directions they use in order to raise questions or respond to the current imposed rules and regulations.
Asian Culture Station invited her to give a lecture on what she has discovered following this research for those interested in Japanese contemporary art or anyone looking for a way to self-organize art and cultural activities.