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The Shards Would Shatter at Touch

Second solo exhibition of 2017, at Bangkok’s Cartel Artspace, was an interactive installation titled The Shards Would Shatter at Touch. In a white cube space, on a white shelf installed at waist height, the artist presented forty pieces of cloth painted with black thermochromic paint. Visitors were invited to touch these, and hold them to their chests. The heat of the visitor’s body caused the black cloth to change colour, and an image to appear: a portrait of one of Thailand’s many political prisoners, past and present. Further information about these activists was provided in accompanying text within the gallery space, which drew from various online activist and other sources. The artist remediated this data by facilitating an empathic bodily embrace. - Text by Roger Nelson

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