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The artistic results of a mentor scheme has produced a vibrant exhibition revealing fresh talent

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'Cross-Stitch" is an inter-dialogue exhibition that lets works of new-generation artists be viewed through the eyes of a more established generation of artists. It is a part of Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre's YAN (Young Artist Network) campaign, first launched last year under the Politics Of Me banner. 

Project director Pichaya Suphavarnij explains that the programme chooses an "artist-run curatorial system" to search for fresh possibilities and exchange of artistic ideas. The way it works is 10 senior, established artists serve as the "wellspring", or mentor, to young artists. The mentors are big names such as Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Apichatphong Weerasethakul, Kamin Lertchaiprasert, Kosit Jantaratip, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Nipan Oranniwesna, Sakarin Krue-on, Somboon Hormtientong, Thaweesak Srithongdee and Wit Pimkanchanapong. Each of these people select 18 young artists to present their works, ranging from paintings to installation pieces.

The opening on August 1 was pretty crowded _ as exhibition openings usually are _ and sometimes the audience could not concentrate on the works due to the busy going-ons and performance on the exhibition floor. It was after the bustle died down that we were able to browse through the show offering aesthetic sensibilities and attempts to convey messages.

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