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Born in 1969, Jakkai Siributr is a Thai artist whose work can be defined by his use of textile to tackle issues affecting Thai society since the end of the Vietnam War. His embroideries reflect his opinions on matters such as increased urbanization, political instability, corruption, and the urban/rural divide in Thailand. Studying and residing in the USA for nearly ten years, Siributr earned his BA in Textiles/Fine Arts from Indiana University Bloomington in 1992 and a MS in Printed Textile Design from Philadelphia University in 1996.
ML: You have lived in the US for 10 years, how has it influenced your work? Did America have an impact on your way of thinking and critical perspective?
JS: My education in the US really shaped me to be who I am today. Not only did it influence my way of thinking and seeing the world, it put me on my art career path.
If I had stayed in Thailand, there was no way I would have become ...
Born in New Jersey in 1942, Wessel first learned of his interests in photography in the 60’s when picking up a book about photographs close to his college campus in Pennsylvania. He is primarily known for his black and white photos of sparse landscapes and biting social commentary of the American West. During his whole career, Wessel never veered away from using one camera and type of film; his trusty Leica, and Kodak Tri-X film. Sandra Philips, curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, claims that Wessel’s work laid a foundation and helped develop the tradition of photography in the States in the 70’s. He received two Guggenheim Fellowships and three National Endowment for the Arts grants in his life time. His work is displayed in many of major the American, European, and Asian museums....
Channy is a professional painter whose skills have made him prolific in the Cambodian contemporary art scene. His art mainly focuses on birds, for which he has a passion, but also on the impact of humans on the environment, inspired by and mixed with religious symbolism and iconography. Despite Channy’s recognition as an artist today, the story of how he became who he is today was not without challenges. Channy’s story follows a personal narrative of loss and recovery, in which knowledge and skills were both their strength and their demise.
A ROCKY START
Channy was born in 1988 in Toolveang, near Battambang, his father’s birth place. His father, Chhoen, who was born in 1960, was a former drummer and singer in the Khmer traditional music ensemble, a family heritage of skills passed down from one generation to the next. He met Channy’s mother, Savi, when she came to wo...
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Anne Sophie Soudoplatoff
In a Midsummer's Dream, French photographer Anne Sophie Soudoplatoff explores the sensuality of the interaction between the human body and water.