The last couple of months had seen Zai Kuning living in Chiang Mai, even traveling to the northernmost towns of Thailand near Myanmar.
It’s in these areas of defined geopolitical boundaries, ironically, where people’s identities and national allegiances not only become fluid but, sadly, non-existent. It’s where so-called stateless people, people regarded with suspicion or as outsiders by both sides, live.
A number of things took place: The Singaporean artist temporarily lost his passport, and for five days he literally became one of them – stateless; he was also told by one of these stateless folks: “We accept ourselves, it’s others who reject us”; and he created art.
The idea of the outsider creating something in the midst of an environment that shuns his very presence informs Zai Kuning’s latest show From Lorong Gambas to Ninmanhaemin. Continue reading ‘The stateless affairs of Zai Kuning!’