When ComPeung got invited to be part of Chiang Mai Now!, we opted for an exact mirror image of what ComPeung aspires to be:
A creative content provider with a platform for artists to challenge us, our perceptions and presumptions by expressing relevant remarks with a sense of urgency. ComPeung is a constant work in progress with the firm focus on present situations and issues, their forever evolving process character, ComPeung is up for discussion – always – it doesn’t stand still and it doesn’t freeze the moments of past achievements.
Consequently we decided to showcase a live project by Jai Arun Ravine. As a lead up to ‘Chiang Mai Now!‘, we provided Jai with the creative platform of ComPeung to develop the experimental film Tom / Trans / Thai during a one month residency @ ComPeung. The exhibition itself marks the second stage of this live project by extending this platform to the public arena for further discussion.
Tom / Trans / Thai
(as part of Chiang Mai Now! exhibition @ BACC, Bangkok)
My short experimental film “Tom/Trans/Thai” opens a door within Thai discourse, with the hope that a conversation between tom and Thai female-to-male (FTM) transgender identity can begin. I look at the ways gender is culturally and linguistically constructed and communicated in Thailand and the US and how that affects toms and Thai trans-masculine people, and how the presence of “tom” and “trans” influence each other.