ADM Gallery and the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) are pleased to announce the premiere ofFAITH and FAIRY TALES: New Media Art for Thailand, an exciting new exhibition by eight Thai artists, curated by Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani, an independent art curator and part-time lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.
Thailand's all-inclusive Theravada Buddhist cosmology is today experiencing progressive religious fragmentation. The coexistence of multiple religious strands, superstitions and folk tales challenges Thailand's traditionally held religious beliefs. The personal consumption and marketplace commodification of religious symbols, from the Phra Kreung (charms or amulets) for protection and good luck, to the worship of deities, icons and supernatural powers have contributed in morphing Buddhism in Thailand into a system where doctrines, superstitions and convenience seem to blend. The video and photography installations presented in FAITH and FAIRY TALES: New Media Art for Thailand investigate the spiritual and tangible space of faith and belief in Thai culture from various perspectives.