The implications, or attitude, of a three-day event of performances, exhibits and installations at Chom Pon Cave in Ratchaburi, which took place earlier this month, added a provocative gloss to the ideals of community art it otherwise aimed to serve: a rebuff to the increased streamlining, and attendant vacuity, of the art world.
Untitled (2013), by Wasinburee Supanichvoraparch.
In view of the ubiquitous spectacle of art fairs, fashion-conscious "showcases" in biennales and art magazines that have come to resemble lifestyle rags, "Metro-Sapiens: Dialogue In The Cave" offered a return to the prelapsarian, literally and metaphorically. Three hours from Bangkok, the cramped entrance to Chom Pon Cave belied the world of wonder within.
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