Hong Kong

Jakkai Siributr

15 November 2023 - 6 January 2024


Flowers Gallery is delighted to present Outworn by Jakkai Siributr, in conjunction with his first major survey exhibition titled Jakkai Siributr: Everybody Wanna Be Happy at CHAT/The Mills (the Centre for Heritage, Arts, and Textile) in Hong Kong.

Siributr is renowned for his intricate tapestries and installations through sewing, embroidery and collaborative community-based projects to weave individual stories resulting from religious and social conflicts on the human condition and diaspora cross South East Asia. Outworn will present a new series of five tapestried installations, each assembled by stitching together uniforms gathered from workers in the service industry in Thailand, reflecting the artist's sentiments towards authorities' handling of the pandemic. Thailand, largely dependent on tourism, went through lengthy periods of economic stagnation and the resulting widespread unemployment brought about a time of financial, physical and psychological uncertainty. Uniforms of various professions in the tourism sector that became obsolete were collected through monetary exchange as a way to assist those individuals who most suffered economically.

Garments have long been a central medium for Siributr, often using police and army uniforms as a means of expressing unspoken political and social issues. 18/28: The Singhaseni Tapestries (2017-2018), Siributr's most personal work, consists of five of his mother's dresses that are meticulously embroidered along with nine large scale tapestries made from disassembled garments of the artist's relatives. As Siributr reflects, "Textile can be anything. It does not always have to be a two-dimensional wall hanging. It can be decorative, or conceptual. The most important thing is that I fully embrace it." The artists relates the intensive, detailed hand-stitching within his works to a meditative practice, connecting to traditional Thai craft processes to comment on contemporary social and political issues. 

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