Every edition of the exhibition ‘The Enclosed Garden’ explores the intimate paradoxes that lay at the core of our societies. Through lockdowns, rules, and oppression, we have all become isolated in our fears, our desires, our needs.
The safest strategy seems to be to obey. Keep quiet and lay low. But is silence a shelter or a prison? Who decides who gets to speak, and who remains unseen, invisible, unheard? Aren’t the spaces that we consider intimate and private also, in the end, shaped by the hierarchies of power?
Some words by the co-curator, activist and visual artist Bussaraporn Thongchai:
“What does silence mean in Thai Society, a place which is ruled by the religious, royal, and national hegemony? Here, breaking silence always leads to bad consequences –we become an ungrateful person, doomed to bring bad karma upon ourselves. We become a heretic, an enemy against our parents, teachers, against the country. To put it simply, we become an alien in our own society when we speak out…”