Photo by Catalina Kulczar 

This participatory installation is a part of GATHER: A series of monuments and rituals

Phingbodhipakkiya’s Rivers of Renewal offers the opportunity to shed anguish and start over, letting go of whatever might weigh us down. Each April, Thai people celebrate the start of a new year during the Songkran festival, where everyone from children to elders takes part in throwing water at one another. The spirit of Songkran lives in this piece as visitors are invited to find release by throwing water at a cylindrical tapestry of mixed media and pigment. With every splash, the pigments run together creating rivulets and textures dripping from the tapestry onto the ground, creating a grand, layered commemoration of community catharsis. With this piece, we create a monument to restoration and renewal, celebrating the transformation that we’ve witnessed and the peace that follows.   

 

Music by Sugar Vendil for the participatory events on June 11 and June 12.

For the sculpture Rivers of Renewal (2022), Sugar Vendil has created an electronic track of the same name composed of synths and her own voice. Phingbodhipakkiya’s paint strokes and gestures will shape and manipulate the music in real time. In addition to her non-lexical singing, the music is embedded with messages of reassurance she sings and whispers: “You belong here,” and “This too shall pass,” phrases that give a nod to both Phingbodhipakkiya’s and Vendil’s work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Guest Services at 212-875-5456 or [email protected].

 

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