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The Camp of the Wayfarers in love

A project by Tarshito featuring Inson Wongsam and Rampad Kothkaew
Curated by Veronica Caciolli
In collaboration with the Embassy of Italy in Bangkok
Institutional Partner: The Region of Apulia, Italy and River City Bangkok

The project “The Camp of the Wayfarers in Love” is created by Italian artist Tarshito with his inspiration to artistically meet natives and tribal custodians of traditions and ancestral values.

The foundation of this art practice is the study and knowledge of the Region of Apulia (Italy) and creating connections with international cultural symbols.

In this project, Tarshito explores the concept of nomadism, sets out to decorate camping tents together with artists and artisans of different countries from all over the world and we are pleased to announce Thailand is the first collaborating nation.

Veronica Caciolli, the exhibition’s curator, has connected Tarshito with two remarkable Thai individuals: the renowned national artist Inson Wongsam, who rode a Lambretta from Bangkok to Florence in 1963 in search of the roots of his master Corrado Feroci (Silpa Birasri), and Rampad Kothkaew, who has spent years working to preserve Lanna culture through the creation of the Monfai Cultural Center in Chiangmai. Their work in collaboration is the decoration of two camping tents with paintings by Tarshito and Inson Wongsam, as well as traditional Lanna fabrics made by Rampad Kothkaew.

After Thailand, the project will continue to China, India, and Indonesia, as well as Brazil, Santo Domingo, Israel, and Bangladesh.

This Thai chapter has been possible thanks to the support of the Italian Embassy in Bangkok and, as Institutional Partner, the Region of Apulia (Italy).

Venue: Room 248 on 2nd floor

Free Admission


About the Artists and Curator

TARSHITO

Born in Puglia, Italy in 1952, Tarshito graduated in Architecture at the Faculty of Florence. Since his first trip to India in 1979, Tarshito peregrinates across the world feeling each time the gladness of meeting other cultures. His works express the importance of traveling inside and outside the space-time limits of reality. Tarshito’s works have been shown in galleries and museums around the world including Venice Biennale (2011), Bengal Art Foundation in Bangladesh, Museum of Sacred Art in Belgium.


INSON WONGSAM

Inson Wongsam was born on September 9, 1934, in Thailand’s Lamphun province. His father, Nai Muen was a descendant of a Yong hill tribe chieftain from southern China. Nai Muen was a keen goldsmith and Inson inherited these skills. Inson studied with Professor Silpa Bhirasri at the Faculty of Sculpture, Painting and Graphic Arts of Silpakorn University. Inson’s work has been admired throughout Thailand, as well as in Japan, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Austria, United States, Brazil, France, China and Italy. He is also well recognized in Thailand as the pioneer in wood block printing, for which he has earned several awards.

RAMPAD KOTHKAEW

Rampad Kothkaew has established and implemented the Lanna art and cultural center “Monfai” in Chiang Mai. The Lanna Cultural Center Project carries out activities to preserve the traditions of Northern Thailand, traditional craft wisdom, like restoration work, Thai Lanna dress style, Lanna style banquet and traditional Lanna wedding ceremonies. It is a learning center for local arts and culture for school and university students, Thai people as well as tourists, local and international. Project Ne-Na Contemporary art space is in collaboration with Professor Shukit Panmongkol. It is an international art project that makes use of Monfai to welcome artists from all over the world.

VERONICA CACIOLLI

Veronica Caciolli (B. 1977,Florence, IT) is an art historian, critic, curator, and lecturer. Her interests are mainly focused on the relationships between contemporary art and the archaic. She’s been educated in Philosophy at Florence University and in Humanities at DAMS (Disciplines of Visual Arts, Music, Theatre, TV, and Cinema – Bologna University). Then, she completed a series of advanced studies in Curating and Art Critique, History of Religions, Anthropology of Art, and Western Esotericism in Berlin, Rome, Milan, and London. Veronica has curated different shows including Mart Museum and Palazzo Pretorio Museum (IT). Her recent show is “Re-Enchanting the World” in Florence, Italy (May 2022).

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