The China Outpost
presents The China Outpost @ Santa Fe New Mexico
The China Outpost project is a nomadic self-imposed sweatshop created by Nuttaphol Ma.The source of this undertaking is a cross section of Ma’s experiences at his retail day job and the research of his ancestral house in Southern China. Since the project’s inception in Jul 2010, Ma stages these temporal settlements throughout Los Angeles. They function as makeshift forums to perform mundane tasks of transforming discarded plastic bags into plastic threads, a material he will use as the core building material for the eventual reconstruction of his ancestral house.
As part of Ma’s residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute, The China Outpost will occupy open lots of big box stores along Cerrillos Road – a major thoroughfare leading to Santa Fe that has eroded its intimacy to a web of megastores. The sociocultural interventions at these contested sites function as make-shift forums that invite curious passerby to open ended conversations about migration and the labor of adapting to a new home.
Duration: Sunday May Day 2016 to Fri 27 May 2016 Week of 01May16 :
+ Sun 01May16 : Open Lot of Airport Cerrillos STORAGE . Airport Road + Cerrillos Road . noon-1p
+ Tue 03May16: Open Lot of Fashion Outlet . Beckner Road + Cerrillos Road . noon-2p
+ Wed 04May16: Open Lot of Walmart SuperCenter . Herrera Drive + Cerrillos Road . noon-2p
+ Thu 05May16: Open Lot of Santa Fe Place Mall . Rodeo Road + Cerrillos Road . noon-2p
+ Sat 07May16: Open Lot of Target . Zafarano Drive + Cerrillos Road . noon-2p
Week of 08May16 :
+ Mon 09May16: Open Lot of Lowe’s . Zafarano Drive + Cerrillos Road . noon – 2p
+ Wed 11May16: Open Lot of Home Depot. Richards Avenue + Cerrillos Road . noon-2p
+ Thu 12May16: Open Lot of Walmart. Camino Consuelo + Cerrillos Road . 3p-5p
+ Sat 14May16: Open Lot of Target . Zafarano Drive + Cerrillos Road . noon-2p
Week of 15May16 :
+ Sun 15May16: Open Lot of Walmart SuperCenter . Herrera Drive + Cerrillos Road . noon-2p
+ Mon 16May16: Open Lot of Airport Cerrillos STORAGE . Airport Road + Cerrillos Road . noon-2p
+ Tue 17May16: Open Lot of Fashion Outlet . Beckner Road + Cerrillos Road . noon-2p
+ Wed 18May16: Open Lot of Santa Fe Place Mall . Rodeo Road + Cerrillos Road . noon-2p
Week of 22May16 :
+ Mon 23May16: Open Lot of Target . Zafarano Drive + Cerrillos Road . noon-230p
+ Wed 25May16: Open Lot of Home Depot. Richards Avenue + Cerrillos Road . noon-230p
+ Thu 26May16: Open Lot of Airport Cerrillos STORAGE . Airport Road + Cerrillos Road . noon-3p
The Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) presents an evening of screenings and performances as a response the US government denying entry visas to Salvadoran artists selected to take residence at SFAI. The evening brings together, in solidarity, artists, filmmakers, activists, journalists and cultural producers to explore what it means to have your access to the US and access to physical safety, denied.
Participants include: Julián Cardona (Journalist, Mexico), Mauricio Esquivel (Artist, El Salvador), Ernesto Bautista (Artist, El Salvador), Mauricio Kabistan (Artist, El Salvador), Bryan Alexis & Allegra Love (Student/Immigration Lawyer, El Salvador & USA), Israel Haros Lopez (Artist, USA & Mexico), Erika Harrsch (Artist, USA & Mexico), Tings Chak & Sheena Hoszko (Artists, Canada), Nuttaphol Ma (Artist, USA & Thailand), Carlo Abruzzese (Artist, USA), Emma FitzGerald (Artist, Canada), Lois Klassen (Artist, Canada), Gregory Waits (Architect, USA)
As part of Access Denied . Creative Responses to Borders conversation at SFAI, I will activate SFAI’s courtyard space with an installation entitled Bells from an Empty Flagpole that gestures a symbolic grafting of two plant species – one blossoms El Salvador’s national flower, flor de izote, the other gives New Mexico’s state flower, the yucca. In preparation for the work, I had asked the Salvadoran artists who were denied entry visa to the US, Ernesto Bautista and Mauricio Kabistan, to courier their cuttings of the yucca gigantea to Santa Fe. These stems, together with my cuttings that resulted from my meandering search for the desert yucca plant, will propagate within a hand-crafted container where I will continue to nurse and cultivate them throughout the duration of my residency at SFAI.
The Society for Radical Geography, Spatial Theory, and Everyday Life presents the 4th annual symposium entitled “Spatializing Sovereignty”. This year’s symposium seeks explorations of how sovereignty is spatialized at all levels. How do variously defined geographies determine the limitations and possibilities of sovereignty as concept, as process, and as discursive and political strategy?
Keynote addresses include Dr. Mishuana Goeman, Associate Professor of American Indian Studies and Gender Studies at UCLA and Gelare Khoshgozaran, writer and multidisciplinary artist. Presenters include: Stevie Ruiz, Bedour Alagraa, Johanna Breiding, Shoghig Halajian, Dan Bustillo, Michelle Potts, Neil Nunn, Claire Urbanski, Heike Schotten, Nuttaphol Ma, Khadeeja Avvirin Gray and Billy-Ray Belcourt.
Summercamp’s ProjectProject 3119 Chadwick Drive . Los Angeles CA 90032
summertimeshift, organized by Fatima Hoang, Elonda Billera and Janice Gomez, brings together artists whose work has a shifting relationship to time, be it through sands of the hourglass, endurance, clashing of past and present, memory, or comedic timing. Artists include: Michael Ano, Deborah Aschheim, Neha Choksi, Kohl King, Nuttaphol Ma, Anna Mayer, David Prince, Emily Sudd and Billy Kheel in Guestroom.
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) 4800 Hollywood Boulevard . Los Angeles CA 90027
Nuttaphol Ma: Ghosts Can Cross Oceans . Curated by Ciara Ennis
Ghosts Can Cross Oceans comprises a meditative sitting space on LAMAG’s balcony, which houses a white jade orchid tree that once grew in Nuttaphol Ma’s parent’s garden before being cut down. The installation references the artist’s memory of his father’s daily ritual of collecting the tree’s blossoming flowers called dawg jam bee—loosely translated as ‘flower remember year’ in Thai—to make offerings to the family altar. Lining the perimeter of the balcony are store-purchased lemongrass plants that Ma has cultivated and brought back to life. Ghosts Can Cross Oceans navigates between longing and not BE longing and the conflicting desire for stability versus perpetual flight.
17 May 2015 – 28 Jun 2015 (***extended to September 2015***)
Reception . Sun 17 May 2015 2p-5p
Gallery Hours: Thu – Sun > noon to 5p
École Internationale de New York (EINY)
111 E 22nd Street
New York . NY 10010
Across the Sky by Nuttaphol Ma . Screening at EINY
Across the Sky follows a propeller to a meditative journey into a man’s past, his recollections of overflowing riverbanks, his sitting on the steps of his childhood home watching planes and kites passing by. The film invites viewers to a poetic experience about the longing and not BE longing.
As a result of a week-long residency with EINY’s 4th and 5th Grade students in February 2015, Ma introduced the uses of symbols and meanings of kites to engage with students to open-ended dialogues about place and memory. The film incorporates students’ kite markings and their wishes across the sky into the narrative. An artist talk will follow the screening of the film.
Open Engagement (OE2015) is an international conference and platform to support socially engaged art. The three-day conference will take place at Carnegie Mellon University from 17-19 April and explore the theme of Place and Revolution.
The China Outpost is thrilled and honored to be selected as part of OE2015 Open Platform programming. Nuttaphol Ma will present his on-going project entitled The China Outpost > on the road, a nomadic self-imposed sweatshop created by Ma. Over the years, Ma has staged temporal settlements throughout Los Angeles. They function as make-shift forums to demonstrate how the artist transforms discarded plastic bags into plastic threads, a material he will use as the core building material for the reconstruction of his ancestral house. The sociocultural intervention invites passerby to conversations about migration and the labor of adapting to a new home. As part of OE2015, Ma will present The China Outpost’s contextual backdrop, highlight significant events that shape its current form and share future direction of the project.