“Mindful Cartography : Connecting patterns and sequences of dreams, the everyday, the subconscious, the conscious to create wandering lines towards home” . Artist Talk . 24 Jul 2019 7p-830p . Ghost Ranch . Abiquiu . New Mexico

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Ghost Ranch
280 Private Drive 1708 Hwy, US-84
Abiquiu NM 87510
Artist Talk
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?”
Date: Wed 24Jul2019
Time: 7p-830p
Site: Ghost Ranch

In Tandem with Time, Rivers Become . Wurlitzer Residency . 05Jun – 15Aug 2019 . Taos NM

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Wurlitzer Residency
Taos . New Mexico
05 Jun – 15 Aug 2019
In Tandem with Time, Rivers Become
I will be at the Wurlitzer Residency in Taos over the next few months.  Words cannot describe how thrilled I am!  Overlapping inexplicable moments have led me to this forthcoming journey.  There, I will focus on my latest essay film, “In Tandem With Time, Rivers Become”.  The work will chronicle my search for past ancestral routes from the base of the gorge to the grand mesa while weaving stories from my dreams that led me to Taos, stories from elders of surrounding Pueblos and footages of my durational performance of retracing these routes up from the Rio Grande.

SFAI140 . Fri 16Nov18 . 6-9p . Santa Fe Art Institute . Santa Fe NM

Santa Fe Art Institute
1600 St. Michaels Drive
Santa Fe NM 87502
SFAI 140
SFAI140 is a dynamic 140-second presentation platform highlighting the inspiration and work of 20 artists-in-residence at The Santa Fe Art Institute and community leaders in and around Northern New Mexico.
I’m honored to contribute to this Fall’s SFAI140 where I will be reading excerpt from a short essay I wrote this past summer entitled “… with Liberty and Justice for All…”.  The piece sheds light on the origins of the pledge of allegiance and invites others to consider rewriting one’s own pledge in order to achieve a more equitable space.
Date:  Friday 16 Nov 2018
Time:  6p-9p
Site:  Santa Fe Art Institute
Link:  SFAI 140


The China Onscreen Biennial – Dunhuang Projected > Artists in Conversation . Sun 28Oct18 . 1p-230p . Fowler Museum at UCLA

The China Onscreen Biennial (COB)
@ Fowler Museum (UCLA)
308 Charles E Young Dr. N
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Dunhuang Projected : Artists in Conversation
I am honored to be a part of the China Onscreen Biennial in consortium with national cultural institutions including the UCLA Film & Television Archive, Fowler Museum at UCLA, Film at REDCAT and the Smithsonian Institution.
My film, entitled Wandering Movements, has been commissioned to be a part of COB’s Dunhuang Projected Sidebar – a short program that will be projected in the wait time before COB’s feature presentations for the duration of the Biennial.
Wandering Movements is inspired from a cave painting depicting a map of past devotees making pilgrimages to a sacred mountain of five plateaus (五台山).  The film tells a story of a migrant’s journey to his inner plateaus as he reflects upon his sites of struggles, the meaning of borders and the shaping of one’s identity.
The UCLA Film & Television Archive will host a special screening of all the commissioned works for the Dunhuang Projected Sidebar at the Fowler Museum.  The event will include my work along featured works of Erin Cosgrove, Inouk Demers, Tsai Charwei and Xie Caomin – followed by a discussion moderated by artist and Director of LA Freewaves Anne Bray.
Date:  Sunday 28 Oct 2018
Time:  1p – 230p
Site:  Fowler Museum at UCLA
+ Artists in Conversation @ Fowler
+ About the 4th China Onscreen Biennial


Remember Our Ancestral Tree . Sat 29Sep18 . 6p-10p . Burnside Farm > Detroit MI

Burnside Farm
Detroit . Michigan
Sat 29 Sep 2018 . 6p-10p
Remember Our Ancestral Tree . a performance by Nuttaphol Ma
Burnside Farm residents refer to the tallest tree living on their site as “Grandfather Maple”.  I’ve only seen photos of Grandpa Maple.  One of them stood out.  It depicted Grandpa Maple’s presence and how he cared for the land in the midst of debris. 
As Thais, we believe that spirits live in old trees like Grandpa Maple.  Oftentimes, we wrap cloths around such tree to signify that a spirit inhabits the tree.  At other places in Thailand that are facing deforestation, monks respond by ordaining trees residing within the endangered forest.  They wrap their orange robe around the trunk of the largest or oldest tree to ward off further cuttings. 
On 29 Sep, I shall make a pilgrimage to pay my respect to Grandfather Maple with a performance entitled Remember our Ancestral Tree.  At the base of Grandfather Maple I shall perform the act of wrapping a hand-dyed discarded fabric around the sacred tree.  The performance will engage with the Burnside community on a meditative journey of remembering our ancestors with simple gestures of writing, mark making and wrapping.  In the spirit of healing, the performance concludes with a ritual meal that I shall prepare to honor the tree, the ancestors of this land, and our personal ancestors.
A film screening will follow our communal meal.  The film, entitled “Flower Remember Year”, circles around serendipitous conversations that has led me to El Santuario de Chimayo to collect sacred soil from the site to be used to replant a tree that once existed at the back of my parent’s house as a way of making sense of my father’s diminishing health.  This tree blossoms fragrant flowers called “dawg jam bee”, which loosely translates to flower . remember . year.


Defining Detritus . 08Sep18 – 06Oct18 . Opening Reception Sat 08Sep 6-9p . Arena 01 Gallery

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Arena 01 Gallery
3026 Airport Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Defining Detritus
   curated by China Adams
“Defining Detritus brings together a group of Los Angeles based artists who share the practice of regularly working in collage – a medium that speaks specifically to the transient nature of material.  Collage celebrates the decayed, worn-out and cast-aside.  The exhibition offers a visual metaphor on how art can help us come to terms with our fragility (and even find beauty in it).” – China Adams
Participating artists: China Adams, Sandy de Lissovoy, Renée Fox, Jane Handel, Jacci Den Hartog, Doug Harvey, Seonna Hong, Jason Ellenburg Jones, Bernard Leibov (Boxo), John Luckett, Lilah Lutes, Nuttaphol Ma, Marisa Mandler, David McDonald, Michael Oliveri, Angela Stage, Don Suggs, Young Y. Summers, Jake Townsend, Ozzy Trujillo, Joan Weinzettle, Ewa Wojciak, Joan Wulf, HK Zamani, and Alexis Zoto.
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For the exhibition, I present คิดถึงได้แต่อย่าเสียใจ (Kit tung dai, deh yah sieh jai).  They are words from a Thai elder which loosely translate to the title of my ephemeral sculpture – Think towards arrival, but not of lost heart.  The resulting work for the show gestures an act of ancestral veneration.  Using debris from newspaper and cast-off cardboard packaging material, I set out to collage these elements to construct a model of my ancestral house.  For the duration of the exhibition, the object becomes a temporal spirit house.  It rests on handcrafted sawhorses made from discarded wood scraps.  At the end of the exhibition, my family and I will cremate the house as an offering to our ancestors.  The ashes will be collected for my eventual pilgrimage to the highest peak of continental US.  There, I shall offer these ashes to the spirits in the sky.
08 Sep 2018 – 06 Oct 2018
Opening Reception:  Sat 08 Sep 2018 . 6p-9p
Gallery Hours:  Wed – Sat 12noon – 6pm
Phone:  310.397.7456
Link:  Arena 1 Gallery – Defining Detritus


Walk with Me . 24Aug18 – 14Sep18 . Reception > (opening) Fri 24Aug 5-8p (closing) Fri 14Sep 5-8p . Film Screening Thu 30Aug 730p-9p . Santa Fe Art Institute

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Santa Fe Art Institute
1600 St. Michaels Drive
Santa Fe NM 87502
Walk with Me
SFAI Alumni Fellow Nuttaphol Ma presents Walk With Me, a contemplative installation about a migrant’s tale, a journey into the heart of Ma’s durational work of rebuilding his ancestral house. “I do not have much but what I do have are my body, my words and my actions. When woven together, humble acts and gestures placed onto contested sites become powerful voices of poetic resistance over the course of time.” Since 2011, Ma has taken on a lifelong project entitled “The China Outpost” which he defines as his nomadic sweatshop of one. The outpost operates within a migratory framework where Ma labors on transforming discarded plastic bags into threads – a material he will use as one of the core building materials for the eventual reconstruction of his great- grandfather’s home.
Walk With Me invites participants to wander within the lobby and gallery space at SFAI. Relics, artifacts and photo documentation of activities within The China Outpost fill the lobby space. A partial model of Ma’s ancestral house anchors the main gallery. The south wall is activated by a map of the outpost’s forthcoming transcontinental journey suggesting Ma’s radical cartographic approach in remapping “The Grand Army of the Republic Highway” with his body, actions and words. The north wall is blocked off by a handcrafted fabric wall that becomes the surface for Ma’s video projection of his durational walk along Highway 190 from the Badwater Basin to Whitney Portal.

Public programs to accompany the exhibition include the following:

SFAI Lunch Time Talk
Wed 25 Jul 2018 > 1200-100p
Title:  “Mapping The China Outpost: Temporal Settlements within a Cobweb of Contentious Spaces”
Description:  Nuttaphol Ma presents the context surrounding the formation of his on-going project entitled The China Outpost. Ma highlights significant events that shape its current migratory form.
Location:  SFAI Library
Link:  SFAI Facebook Event
Wed 12 Sep 2018 > 1200-100p
Title: “Work-in-Progress: How do I begin to talk about the spatial injustices that rest beneath the kindred sites of Angel Island and Shamian Island?”
Description:  Nuttaphol Ma examines the relationships between Angel Island and Shamian Island and how they relate to the future direction of The China Outpost project.
Location:  SFAI Library
Link:  SFAI Facebook Event
Film Screening
A series of films by Nuttaphol Ma will accompany the exhibition. Ma interweaves storytelling between each films to contextualize The China Outpost’s thematic exploration about invisible labor and her occupation of contested sites.
The films to be screened are the following:
+ Born by the River (28 min) . 2013
+ Shitpipe Explosion @ The China Outpost (28 min) . 2012
+ A Grain of Rice Under a Microscope (8 min) . 2013
+ The China Outpost > on the road @ Union Station (2 min) . 2014
+ The China Outpost > on the road . New Mexico . 01May027May2016 (15 min) . 2016
+ Mr. Proud, Why do I have to Memorize the Star Spangled Banner? (2 min) . 2017
Link:  SFAI / Walk wth Me / Film Screening / Nuttaphol Ma
24 Aug 2018 – 14 Sep 2018
Opening Reception:  Fri 24 Aug 2018 5p-8p with Artist Walkthrough @ 630p
Film Screening:  Thu 30 Aug 2018 730p-9p @ SFAI Lobby Space
Closing Reception:  Fri 14 Sep 2018 5p-8p
Gallery Hours:  Mon – Fri 10a – 5p
Phone:  505.424.5050
Link: SFAI / Walk with Me / Exhibition / Nuttaphol Ma