Imagining America National Gathering Tulane University New Orleans . Louisiana
Imagining America (IA) consortium hosts an annual gathering that revolves around a theme that addresses pressing issues. The 2022 theme “Rituals of Repair and Renewal” invites participants to engage in joyful celebration of being together. The 3 day immersive event will set the stage for participants to enact rituals of reflection, repair, renewal, wellness, and imagination.
The IA steering committee has selected my proposed collective ritual as part of this year’s national gathering. The work, titled “Meditative Shit: A Collective Ritual to Heal, Repair, Mend”, hopes to create a safe space for POC folks where we can talk about what we do with all the shit we carry. I will begin with a personal story to contextualize our gathering followed by a facilitated writing exercise that guides participants back to a time and place of a shitty oppressive situation. Our collective text will be burnt into an alms bowl filled with water collected from the Mississippi River. The ash water from a hand-crafted alms bowl will be used to water a tree that anchors our shared space.
My work draws strengths from my ancestors and cultural roots as ways to heal, repair and mend through rituals. The collective performance invites participants to consider and reflect on their ancestral ways of doing tings and how to channel them into navigational tools for our complex and challenging world.
Special shoutout to Amy Westphal whose blacksmithing badassery has made hand-crafting an alms bowl possible. Thank you!
Gathering Date: Friday 14 Oct – Sunday 16 Oct 2022 Location: Tulane University IA Gathering General Information: Link
“Meditative Shit: A Collective Ritual to Heal, Repair, Mend”
Collective Ritual Date/Time: Friday 14Oct . Concurrent Sessions 3 . 330p-5p Nuttaphol Ma Location: Tulane University
University of Alaska Anchorage Kimura Gallery 3211 Providence Drive Anchorage, AK 99508
Nuttaphol Ma In Tandem With Time, Rivers Become
I am humbly honored to present my latest contemplative installation entitled “In Tandem With Time, Rivers Become”. The space becomes a container for relics and ephemera from my on-going performances titled “Stitching Dreams of Leaving, Dreams of Roots”. My actions flow as two rivers. One is my public stitchings that alters the US flag from an immigrant perspective. The other is my participatory workshops that invite participants to socially reimagine what a pledge to the flag may be to create a sense of home for all. These undertakings are my direct responses to a tweet where four congresswomen of color were told to “go back” to their country by a former US president.
Like fragmented memories, “In Tandem With Time, Rivers Become” comprises of parts. Photo documentations, texts, and video works from my durational performances activate the gallery walls. A site specific participatory object anchors the central space that invites participants to place their reconsidered pledge to the flag back onto the object.
A public program to accompany the exhibition includes:
Virtual Artist Talk Date: Tue 28 Sep 2021 Time: 7p-830p (Alaska Time Zone) Link to zoom details: Click Here | Meeting ID: 829 2703 0552 Passcode: 500898
Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN) Milwaukee . Wisconsin
Artist Talk: Nuttaphol Ma “The Sea Keeps Gravity from Falling: Conversations about Poetic Resistance through Rituals, Gestures, and Movements”
I’m super honored to be speaking at the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN)! As part of my capacity as a visiting artist (MARNSalon3), I present an artist talk entitled “The Sea Keeps Gravity from Falling”.
Through storytelling of past and current performances in forms of rituals, gestures, and movements, I will hold a virtual space for meaningful dialogues with communities at MARN and beyond to unpack the process of using our bodies, actions and words as medicinal herbs to deliver a sense of potency when speaking about resilience, place, memory, and personal history. The session concludes with a deepened conversation on how to harvest an earnest voice to cultivate seeds of creative intentions that respond to our unfolding socio-political moments.
Please join me. The event is free and open to the public!
The latest Littleglobe TV episode features stories of Santa Fe emerging from winter, exploring new beginnings during this complex time. “The Garden” episode features contributing producers including artists from across Santa Fe: Nuttaphol Ma, Dan Stephensen, Ehren Kee Natay, Zubair Siddiqui, Austin Ross, Ash Haywood, Nadine Oglesby, Alejandro Snodgrass, Aurora Escobedo, and the multigenerational Littleglobe Team (Ed Radke, Hank Rogerson, Jason Silverman, Katy Gross, Dylan Tenorio, Jaydin Martinez, and Chris Jonas).
For the episode, I’m thrilled and honored to collaborate with Hank Rogerson and Dylan Tenorio to produce เรือนกระจก (The Greenhouse). The short film captures unfolding moments with Leonard and Bungon in their greenhouse that reveals a place of tenderness, love, care, and connections to a home deeply rooted in New Mexico and a home from afar.
Premiere Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 Time: 7p Mountain Time Virtual Place: Littleglobe TV Archived @: TBD
Otis College of Art and Design Los Angeles . California
Fine Arts Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Nuttaphol Ma
Fractured memories are all I have. They are precarious scaffolds balancing as long as they can.
I have a fear of forgetting. Periodically, I attempt to replay fond childhood memories of my birthplace over and over again. Some wash away into the subconscious liken to the folded paper boats floating down the receding floodwaters of the Chaopraya.
Memories are forms of resistance. They shape who I am, my identity. I delicately mend them, thread them into my artistic works as a process to make sense of the fractured sociopolitical landscape of our times.
I seesaw between longing and belonging – laboring against assimilation, laboring towards an adaptation to a new home.
I am humbly honored to speak at Otis College of Art and Design. “Living with Amnesia: A humble act of sewing fractured memories onto a haunted land” weaves the seemingly disconnected threads – the past, the present, the conscious, the subconscious, the everyday – to talk about my current work, “Stitching Dreams of Leaving, Dreams of Roots”, and my lifelong work, “The China Outpost”.
Nuttaphol Ma presents Stitching Dreams of Leaving, Dreams of Roots
Words contain power. Some choose words to hurt, to demean, to bully, to disrupt, to scare. Some thread them together to create, to hope, to unify, to build, to fight! These two intents came to a clash on 14 Jul 2019 when the president divided the nation with hurtful words targeted towards four congresswomen of color. They were told to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Such xenophobic rhetoric has not only sparked a public outcry in support of the congresswomen but has ruptured past wounds of those who were also told to “go back” at some point in their lives.
I was one of them.
In an age of digital immediacy, when soundbites come and go in a split second, this one lingered, piercing deep inside. How to respond to such bullshit? Some choose to suppress their emotions, some choose humor as an outlet, some speak up. I speak through my artistic voice.
I turned inwards to question the relationship between our flag and the pledge to our flag. What will the social imagination of this relationship look like to create an equal footing for all? What will the flag look like? How will the pledge be worded? I began altering the solid red stripes with red tally marks. In place of the stars, I made markings of the Chinese character 正 (zheng). 正 references tally marks as well and translates to being upright, just, and firm. Accompanying the altered flag, I’ve reconsidered and rewrote the pledge to the flag with a vision of a place with heart, a place with a welcoming sense of belonging. It reads: “I pledge allegiance to our Flag, one open Nation, in compassionate unity, with liberty and justice for all.”
For the coming years, I will move forward with these stitchings at sites of gatherings, sites of arrivals, sites of departures, sites of longing; and in the midst of the covid pandemic, these stitchings take residence at sites of isolation.
Concurrently, I’ve created a participatory workshop aimed to reflect on how the pledge came to be, to consider the words in detail. The collective performance aspires to unpack these points through a series of facilitated writing and reflection exercises sequenced to guide participants to imagine what their pledge will be to achieve a sense of home for all. I will collect these reconsidered pledges, care for them. With time, I shall carry these words and recite them all at the reflecting pool of the Lincoln Memorial, the base of the Statue of Liberty, and along the shores of Angel Island.
Ephemera from these actions will be housed in a downloadable book to be gifted back to all participants. Copies will be gifted to the four congresswomen color for giving me the strength to undertake this project. Furthermore, copies will be sent to members of the house of representatives and the senate with the hope for a culture shift.
Oct 2019 + Fri 18Oct2019: 1p-3p . University of New Mexico Campus – Imagining America Conference . Student Union Building 3/F > Albuquerque, New Mexico + Sat 19Oct2019: 430p-6p . University of New Mexico – Imagining America Conference . Participatory Workshop 001 > Albuquerque, New Mexico + Sat 12Oct2019: 10a-1p . Santa Fe Railyard > Santa Fe, New Mexico + Sat 26Oct2019: 10a-1p . Santa Fe Railyard > Santa Fe, New Mexico
Jan 2020 + Fri 17Jan2020: noon-2p . Badwater Basin > Death Valley, California + Sat 18Jan2020: noon-2p . Harmony Borax Works > Furnace Creek . Death Valley, California + Sun 26Jan2020: 1–3p . Union Station > Los Angeles, California
Feb 2020 + Sat 01Feb2020: 1p-3p . Greyhound + Amtrak Station > Albuquerque, New Mexico + Sat 08Feb2020: 1p-3p . Greyhound + Amtrak Station > Albuquerque, New Mexico + Sat 22Feb2020: 1p-3p . Greyhound + Amtrak Station > Albuquerque, New Mexico
Mar 2020 + Sat 14Mar2020: 1p-3p . Old Town Plaza > Albuquerque, New Mexico cxld due to COVID19
Apr 2020 + Sun 05Apr2020: noon-2p . Santa Fe Railyard site of isolation (a ditch below railroad tracks) Santa Fe, NM – due to COVID19 + Sun 12Apr2020: noon-2p . Santa Fe Railyard >Santa Fe, New Mexico – due to COVID19 + Sun 26Apr2020: noon-2p . Santa Fe Railyard site of isolation (vacant parking lot of home good store) Santa Fe, NM – due to COVID19
May 2020 + Sat 09May2020: noon-2p . Taos Plaza . Taos, New Mexico cxld due to COVID19 + Sun 17May2020: 1-3p . Taos Plaza site of isolation (a place between an overgrown track and one under the sun) Santa Fe, NM – due to COVID19 + Sat 23May2020: noon-3p . Angel Island Immigration Station > San Francisco, California cxld due to COVID19 + Sat 30May2020: Noon-2p . Taos Plaza . Taos, New Mexico cxld due to COVID19
Jun 2020 + Sat 13Jun2020: 10a-1p . Santa Fe Railyard > Santa Fe, New Mexico cxld due to COVID19 + Sat 20Jun2020: 10a-1p . Santa Fe Railyard > Santa Fe, New Mexico cxld due to COVID19 + Mon 29Jun2020: 10a-noon . site of isolation (under a derelict rail bridge) > Santa Fe, NM
Jul 2020 + Sat 04Jul2020: noon-3p . Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool > Washington DC cxld due to COVID19
Aug 2020 + Sat 29Aug2020: 10a-1230p . site of isolation (along decommissioned rail tracks) > Santa Fe, NM
Sep 2020 + Sat 26Sep2020: 10a-1230p . site of isolation (along decommissioned rail tracks) > Santa Fe, NM
A publication will chronicle my forthcoming public stitchings from Fall 2019 through Winter 2020. I’m thrilled and honored to announce that this publication is funded in part by the Fulcrum Fund, a grant program of 516 ARTS made possible by The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts.
The workshop contains the following core sections:
01/ Storytelling >>> I set out to contextualize the workshop with a personal story that has led to the creation of this workshop – shedding layers on the formation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
02/ Walk With Me >>> This session starts off with a guided breathing exercise to center one’s mind followed by a series of facilitated writing and sharing moments. They are sequenced to direct participants to arrived a re-imagined working pledge based on one’s personal experiences and one’s vision for a sense of home for all.
03/ Mapping our Collective Voices >>> Participants to virtually post their working pledges. Time will be given to reflect in silence. A debrief session will address thematic patterns that resonated with participants. Documentation of session’s common threads, the overall tone, and a transcription of all reconsidered pledges will be emailed to participants.
The following details the schedule for the forthcoming virtual participatory workshops (max per session: 5). To register, please send email request to email@example.com. I will revert with a zoom link.
Workshop 002: Wed 13Jan2021 . 6p Mountain Time . Register via Zoom. Workshop 003: Wed 17Feb2021 . 6p Mountain Time . Register via Zoom. Workshop 004: Wed 17Mar2021 . 6p Mountain Time . Register via Zoom. Workshop 005: Wed 14Apr2021 . 6p Mountain Time . Register via Zoom. Workshop 006: Wed 12May2021 . 6p Mountain Time . Register via Zoom. Workshop 007: Wed 16Jun2021 . 6p Mountain Time . Register via Zoom. Workshop 008: Wed 14Jul2021 . 6p Mountain Time . via Zoom. Workshop 009: Wed 11Aug2021 . 6p Mountain Time . via Zoom. Workshop 010: Wed 08Sep2021 . 6p Mountain Time . via Zoom. Workshop 011: Wed 06Oct2021 . 6p Mountain Time . via Zoom. Workshop 012: Wed 10Nov2021 . 6p Mountain Time . via Zoom.
Groups (eg: universities, community centers, classes) interested in workshops or in-person participatory workshops, please send request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that in-person workshops will adhere to current covid restrictions of the physical site.
Friends of Architecture Santa Fe (FASF) Santa Fe . New Mexico
PechaKucha Talks: Vol. 8 – Ghosts
We stand on a foundation of ashes. It takes a sociopolitical jolt, at times a revolt, to exorcise the tears, the cries, the longing that’s deeply buried in the land. It is during these times of rupture do we realize that we live in a haunted place. What can we learn from our ghostly pasts? How can we compost our learnings to regenerate new stems of hope?
There are many hauntings to excavate. The visual essay focuses on Ma’s artistic responses to xenophobic aggressions made by the president where he told four congresswomen of color to “go back to their country”. Using images from his wanderings at Death Valley’s lowest point as a visual framework, Ma’s prose reflect the generative actions of his current project entitled “Stitching Dreams of Leaving, Dreams of Roots”. They include his public stitchings of a flag from an immigrant’s lens and his recollections of meaningful conversations with people about what a social imagination of a pledge to a flag may sound like to create a sense of home for all. This project along with a forthcoming artist book that chronicles Ma’s durational work is funded in part by the Fulcrum Fund, a grant program of 516ARTS, made possible by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
University of New Mexico . Social Practice Class Albuquerque . New Mexico
ปากอยู่กับทาง / Your Words Reside With Your Path
I’m humbly honored to be speaking to a social practice class at UNM. “ปากอยู่กับทาง / Your Words Reside With Your Path” shares my artistic process in constructing the conceptual framework of my current work entitled “Stitching Dreams of Leaving, Dreams of Roots.”
Imagining America National Gathering @ UNM University of New Mexico Albuquerque . NM
The Imagining America (IA) consortium brings together scholars, artists, designers, humanists, and organizers to imagine, study, and enact a more just and liberatory ‘America’ and world. Working across institution, disciplinary, and community divides, Imagining America strengthens and promotes public scholarship, cultural organizing, and campus change that inspires collective imagination, knowledge-making, and civic action on pressing public issues. This year marks Imagining America’s 20th anniversary national gathering. The thematic focus of IA’s gathering is on designing and fostering belonging in ‘America’.
I’m thrilled and honored that IA’s steering committee has selected my workshop proposal as part of this year’s national gathering. My participatory workshop entitled “…with Liberty and Justice for All: Our Collective Voices of Laboring through the Re-writing, Re-imagining of the Pledge of Allegiance” will unpack the origins of the pledge to contextualize the facilitated writing and reflection exercises sequenced to guide participants to imagine what their pledge will be to achieve a more equitable space. The session will conclude with a participatory installation of these reconsidered pledges onto a delineated space in a form of a flag.
I’ve been invited to give at talk at a workshop entitled “Prophetic Action”. The workshop explores the central role that creativity and art play in initiatives and movements that seek to bring about a more just and equitable world.
My talk, entitled “Mindful Cartography : Connecting patterns and sequences of dreams, the everyday, the subconscious, the conscious to create wandering lines towards home”, traces past and future works – pivotal moments by moments – to create a map that focuses on core questions that underline my projects. These questions are: “How can I make work about life if I do not live? and “What can one person do to impart change?”