KONNECT ASEAN Chiang Mai Print Residency Exhibition
28 July–18 August 2023
Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Centre
Chiang Mai, Thailand
21 November–31 December 2023
ASEAN Culture House
Busan, Republic of Korea
Curated by Benjamin Hampe
Co-curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong
I’m Not Ready to Be Mortal Again (2023)
Press Release by Benjamin Hampe:
The KONNECT ASEAN residency programme was in collaboration with seven print studios in Chiang Mai. The initiative connected young Korean and Southeast Asian artists, fostering a vibrant exchange of ideas and techniques to produce high-quality prints using traditional methods. By preserving and practicing traditional printing techniques, this project serves as a testament to the enduring value of fine art printmaking in the contemporary art landscape.
The fruits of their labor are showcased at the esteemed Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Center and ASEAN Culture House in Busan, where the public have the opportunity to marvel at the exquisite and diverse prints created during the residency. Following the exhibition, print editions will find permanent homes in the collections of the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, ASEAN Cultural Center in Bangkok, and ASEAN Culture House.
ASEAN's commitment to fostering people-to-people exchange in the arts sector has been evident since its inception over 50 years ago. This dedication created a unique space for artistic discourse, embracing pluralistic notions of regional artistic identity and aesthetics. It is truly one of ASEAN's great legacies. In the face of the isolation brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, initiatives like the KONNECT ASEAN Chiang Mai Print Residency play a crucial role in bridging nations and cultures, reconnecting us, and paving the way for a brighter future for all. Artists and their artworks serve as tangible and dynamic connections to the world, fostering diplomatic efforts, deepening connections, and promoting mutual understanding and goodwill, vital for the resilient communities that underpin our future prosperity. This project showcases the determination of our region as we navigate these uncertain times together, united by the power of artistic expression.