Lunch Time Talks with Nuttaphol Ma . Wed 25Jul18 noon-1p + Wed 12Sep18 noon-1p @ Santa Fe Art Institute


Santa Fe Art Institute
1600 St. Michaels Drive
Santa Fe NM 87502
Lunch Time Talk with Nuttaphol Ma
Join SFAI Alumni Fellow, Nuttaphol Ma, for lunch time talks on Wednesday, 25Jul and Wednesday, 12Sep from noon- 1p in the SFAI Library.
Date:  Wed 25 Jul 2018 . noon – 1p
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.
Link:  SFAI Facebook Event
Date:  Wed 12 Sep 2018 . noon – 1p
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.
Link:  SFAI Facebook Event
Contact Details:
Phone:  505.424.5050

MANIFESTO: A Moderate Proposal . 20Jan – 29Mar 2018 . Curated by Ciara Ennis and Jennifer Vanderpool . Reception 20Jan 3-5p @ Pitzer College Nichols Gallery . Symposium 23Mar 10a-3p @ Pitzer College Benson Auditorium

Pitzer College Art Gallery
1050 N Mills Avenue
Claremont CA 91711
MANIFESTO:  A Moderate Proposal
The people have spoken.  They have put it in writing.  They have created manifestos.  Pitzer College Art Galleries has collected these works and put them on display in MANIFESTO: A Moderate Proposal, an exhibition of the ideas, wishes and demands of scores of citizens with something to say and a need to be heard. It is our current climate of discord that created Manifesto: A Moderate Proposal. It was conceived to give these citizens a soapbox and to amplify their voices.
MANIFESTO: A Moderate Proposal is a multitude of opinions hung densely, floor-to-ceiling, in sections that reflect the numerous themes that include immigration, ableism, race, resistance, religion and gentrification.  Funded by a National Endowment for the Arts grant, the exhibition was conceived as an outlet for ideas and proposals for the healing of discord in our society and improvement of conditions for all citizens.  With the public sphere embroiled in a seemingly intractable contest of us-versus-them so virulent that it has filtered down to a neighbor-vs-neighbor antagonism, it is essential that we reexamine just who we are and what we stand for.  MANIFESTO: A Moderate Proposal has joined the conversation.
The art community has come together. In solidarity, we are
Alexandra Juhasz & Craig Dietrich, Alice Könitz, Alice Marie Perreault, Alison O’Daniel, Amy Elkins, Andrea Bowers, Andrew Bracey, Alice Wingwall, Anthony Bodlović, April Bey, Arseli Dokumaci, Astri Swendsrud, Ava Morton, Bill Anthes, Byron Toledo, Candice Lin, Carlin Wing, Carlos Jackson, Carrie Paterson, Catherine Long, Cathy Akers, Charlotte Sherman, Chris Christian, Chris Michno, Christina Ondrus, Connie Samaras, Dana Sperry and Natalya Pinchuk, Danielle Adair, David Goldblatt, David Michael Lee, Doran George, Edgar Endress, Edgar Heap of Birds, Edgar Arceneaux, Elena Bajo, Elana Mann & John Burtle, Faith Wilding, Faye Ray, Fiona Jack, First Street Gallery Art Center: Patrick Dwyre, Katie Mendoza and Joe Zaldivar, Francesca Lalanne, Glenn Harcourt, Gluklya (Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya), Ginger Wolfe-Suarez, Helén Svensson, Ian Ingram, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Ingrid Von Sydow, Jane Callister, Jennifer Moon, Jennifer Moon & Laub, Jen Smith, Jenny Perlin, Jenny Yurshansky, Jesse Lerner, Jessica McCoy, Jessica Wimbley, Joe Parker, Johanna Karlin, Josh Callaghan, Joyce Campbell, Juan Siliverio, Julia Haft Candell, Juliet Johnson, Justin Arroyo, Kang Seung Lee, Karen Lofgren, kate-hers RHEE (이미래), Kaucyila Brooke, Kotti & Co, Berlin, Liat Yossifor, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Lisa Jevbratt, Liz Glynn, Liz Young, Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia, Luis Zepeda, Mary Clare Stevens, Matt Ohm, Martabel Wasserman, Max King Cap, Michael Parker, Michelle Dizon, Michelle Wiener, Mike Bode, Nancy Baker Cahill, Nuttaphol Ma, Olga Koumoundouros, Peter Su, Racial Imaginary, Robin Lehleitner, Sadie Barnette, Sandra de la Loza & Eduardo Molinari, Sara Hendren & Caitrin Lynch, Sarita Dougherty, Seher Uysal, Seth Pringle, Sheila Pinkel, Southwark Notes, London, Stephanie Syjuco, Suné Woods, The artists from California Institution for Women, Chino, The artists from California Rehabilitation Center, Norco, The Rational Dress Society, Theo Tegelaers, Timothy Berg & Rebekah Myers, Tom Skelly, Tony Crowley, Ultra Red & School of Echoes, Los Angeles, Vermont College of Fine Arts | VCFA: Felipe Baeza, Hazel Batrezchavez, Julian Harper, Luis Mejico, pegah pasalar, Ythan Ponio, Zahra Zavareh, and XIAOQING ZHU, Victoria Marks, Việt Lê, Von Curtis, Warren Neidich, Weshoyot Alvitre, Women’s Center for Creative Work, Xarabyte


I am thrilled and honored to be a part of this collective voice.  My contributing MANIFESTO is entitled Small Gestures > Poetic RESISTANCE!
“I do not have much but what I do have are my body, my words, and my actions.  When woven together, these humble acts of small gestures become powerful voices of poetic resistance over the course of time.  Since 2011, I’ve taken on a lifelong project entitled The China Outpost which I define as my nomadic sweatshop of one.  It operates within a migratory framework where I labor on transforming discarded plastic bags into threads – a material I am amassing as one of the core building materials for the eventual reconstruction of my ancestral house.
The work presented in the exhibition maps out The China Outpost’s transcontinental journey across US-Route 6, also known as “The Grand Army of the Republic Highway”.  The map details all the towns intersecting Route 6 which will become sites for the outpost’s sociocultural interventions as make-shift forums that invite passerby to open ended conversations about migration and the labor of adapting to a new home.”
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Time:  Saturday 20 Jan 2018 – Thursday 29 Mar 2018
Opening Reception:  Sat 20 Jan . 3-5p
Related Event:  Symposium Fri 23Mar2018 . Benson Auditorium Pitzer College . 10a-3p
Phone:  909.607.8797

Duty of Care . 14Oct – 24Nov . Opening Reception / Artist Talk Sat 14Oct 6-8p @ Collective Arts Incubator

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The Collective Arts Incubator
1200 North Avenue 54
Los Angeles CA 90042
Duty of Care
Political and social abuses of power dehumanize and efface disenfranchised people through avarice actions, thereby robbing them of hope and ultimately pacifying their resistance. Despite the odds, some soldier on. There are organizations that fight for social justice, authors who dare to dissent, and artists who create works that affirm humanity and rouse our burdened spirit. It is at this juncture where the artworks in Duty of Care exist, querying rather than resolving prevailing practices. 
Max King Cap (USA), Edgar Endress (Chile) and Nuttaphol Ma (Thailand/USA) in Duty of Care document, enact, and embody our responsibilities and failings.  Their activism-inspired works in this exhibition continue our ongoing conversation on the role art should play in society. 
In his “Tyrants” series, Cap inhabits megalomania through a series of self-portraits as dictators, asking the viewer, “What would you do with unlimited power?” He asked himself this question and become ashamed of the answer.  What lies underneath Endress’s series of portraits in The Mask of the Shoeshiner were once young Bolivian professionals who, after a financial collapse due to international speculation, took any sort of job to make ends meet.  One of those jobs was that of a shoeshiner wearing masks so that the shame of their social diminishment might remain hidden.  With an ascetic’s devotion, Ma’s durational performance of a sweatshop of one entitled “The China Outpost” embodies the struggles of the unknown laborers which he draws from his own experiences at his retail day job of thirteen years.  Within his outpost, Ma embeds an ecological coda as he transforms plastic bags into threads, amassing them to one day use to reconstruct his ancestral house.  Relics from The China Outpost (2010-present) provides a chronicle of objects, text and images that has resulted from Ma’s self-imposed sweatshop.
This exhibition is curated by Ciara Ennis and Jennifer Vanderpool.
Time:  Sat 14 Oct 2017 – Friday 24 Nov 2017
Opening Reception / Artist Talk:  Sat 14 Oct . 6-8p
Gallery Hours:  by appointment only
Contact:  Max King Cap
Phone:  323.314.9856
Link:  Collective Arts Incubator – Duty of Care

Equal Justice . 20Sep – 27Sep . Opening Reception Wed 20Sep 530-8p @ Santa Fe Art Institute

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Santa Fe Art Institute
1600 St. Michaels Drive . Santa Fe . New Mexico 87505

Equal Justice

SFAI’s Equal Justice Residents are creative practitioners from all over the world, coming together to investigate how can art be used to engage systems of power and foster social and racial equity. This exhibition will highlight the work of current and local artists in residence.
Participating artists / collectives include:  Alicia Marie Rencountre-Da Silva . Cara Levine . Confluence Collective . Gil Arnold Ngolé . Israel Francisco Haros Lopez . Jacinthe TwoBulls . Jackie Munro . La Familia Medical Center . Naomi Fawn Moss . Nuttaphol Ma . Peggy Diggs . Shelbie Loomis . Tamara Ann Burgh . Tiger Toe Collective.
Time:  Wed 20 Sep 2017 – Wed 27 Sep 2017
Opening Reception:  Wed 20 Sep . 530p – 8p
Gallery Hours:  M-F 9-5p
Phone:  505.424.5050

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As part of the Equal Justice exhibition, I shall be presenting Juárez Thumbleweed – a video documentation of a site specific performance that took place in Ciudad Juárez.

Analog Dissident . Conversations with Nuttaphol Ma and Nooshin Rostami . THU 13Jul17 . 1900p @ The Mistake Room

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Analog Dissident is an on-going project by multidisciplinary artist Jimena Sarno that brings together radical/immigrant/queer artists and thinkers to have meaningful conversations on topics ranging from inclusion/exclusion, consensus, capitalism, security culture, immigration, citizenship, and the environment.  Analog Dissident creates a non-hierarchical space that is supportive and fosters relationships / collaborative opportunities.
Analog Dissident / July 2017 features conversations with Nuttaphol Ma and Nooshin Rostami.  Nuttaphol Ma is a nomad, a storyteller and a rock climber.  Nooshin Rostami is a slow running, a fast swimmer and a curious adventurer/soul.
Time:  Thursday 13 Jul 2017 . 1900p
Place:  The Mistake Room . 1811 East 20th Street . Los Angeles CA 90015

Mauricio Esquivel: At the Borders . 18Mar – 29Apr 2017 . Video Installation of “Bells from an Empty Flagpole . Lokkus Arte Contemporáneo . Medellin COLOMBIA

Lokkus Arte Contemporáneo
Carrera 36 No. 10A 35 Edificio “La double Elle”
Medellín . COLOMBIA
Mauricio Esquivel:  At the Borders
 “At the Borders” brings together the most striking aesthetic proposals of Salvadoran artist Mauricio Esquivel.  The exhibition presents Esquivel’s work from 2010 to 2016.  The project also presents three guest works by artists with whom Esquivel has had a dialogue on violence, migration and informal economy.  The guest artists are:  Michael Conti (United States), Nataliya Petkova (Bulgaria) and Nuttaphol Ma (United States / Thailand).
For the exhibition, Nuttaphol Ma presents a video installation of his recent film entitled “Bells from an Empty Flagpole” which chronicles a man’s journey, a wandering search for the coveted yucca flower deep in the heart of the desert sea.  The film gives a complex glimpse of a hopeful observer’s response to discovering that his two Salvadorian friends had been denied entry to the US.  The unfolding story negotiates the landscape of New Mexico to make sense of the current socio-political uncertainties where borders and boundaries are in question.


Making Plans . 18Mar – 26Mar . Opening Reception Sat 18Mar 7p-10p . Film Screening Sun 26Mar 6p-8p @ Human Resources

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Human Resources
410 Cottage Home Street . Los Angeles . 90012
MAKING PLANS brings together a coalition of artists engaging with issues of labor, access, invisibility, and power through various actions. In the introduction to Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do (1974), a transcription of interviews with working people, oral historian Studs Terkel begins by likening work to violence. This “daily humiliation,” is at the root of a Capitalist condition which, as Marx wrote many years prior, “uses up its material factors, its subject and its instruments, consuming them,” yet continues to endure, despite an established discourse and data all but exhausting its systemic flaws and troubled histories.  
This violence also emphasizes a search for daily meaning, rationale for the empty hours, dissent and hopelessness of that condition. In MAKING PLANS, new economies of production emerge or return in retaliation, deliberately positioning life and practice in such a way that acknowledges complicity, yet still consistently working to eradicate that which does not work.
If we accept that Capitalism has failed us, but that a true Communism cannot [yet?] be achieved, how do we proceed? As Paulo Freire’s writes,“only human beings are praxis;” a constant and vigilant re-examination of the pervasive, endangering methodologies are needed, so that something else, something better, might arise. MAKING PLANS unsettles politics of the felt sense, the haptic, oral, performed and unforming; laboring for emancipation through an indeterminate apparatus, unfolding through the show’s duration.
“I’m not so much despairing as asking a question about making plans.”
Fred Moten
Artists in the exhibition include: Astrovandalistas (Rodrigo Frenk, Lleslie Garcia and Thiago Hersan), Díaz Lewis (Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera and Cara Megan Lewis), Ishi Glinsky, Nuttaphol Ma, Jimena Sarno, Aram Han Sifuentes and Kim Zumpfe.
MAKING PLANS is organized by two artists, Kyle Bellucci Johanson and Matthew Lax, who work as preparators, facilitating and fabricating the work of others.
Time:  Sat 18 Mar 2017 – Sun 26 Mar 2017
Opening Reception:  Sat 18 Mar . 7p-10p
Film Screening:  Sun 26 Mar 6-8p > work by Nuttaphol Ma, Behrouze Rae and others will be presented.
Gallery Hours:  Wed – Sun 12-6p
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My proposed work is entitled Mr. Proud, why do I have to memorize the Star Spangled Banner?  It is a durational performance resulting in a site specific wall intervention in reference to the sketch above.  Over the course of the performance the intervention shall transform a wall space into a form of a flag – a nameless, stateless flag that honors the heroic mundane with the dimension repurposed from the standard size of a typical drywall, often referred as the “4×8 drywall”.  The intent is to flip this around to an 8’ x 4’ size that shall serve as the blueprint to house the flag.
The labor of these wall markings will take place during Human Resources “off” hours at 8hr shift intervals starting on Mon 13Mar to Thu 16Mar from 11pm to 7am.  These hours replicates the graveyard shift and shall be my proposed work hours.  It is suggested not as an artist’s attempt to romanticize and patronize the idea of invisible labor but it is my honest truth.  I, too, juggle multiple jobs between teaching and my retail day job.  The only available hours in the day to navigate around this is from 11pm to 7am.
The resulting evidence or marks of my actions on the wall shall be accompanied with a screening of a film entitled A Grain of Rice Under a Microscope. Together, they make a contemplative couplet on the heroic mundane.

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Would Be Saboteurs Take Heed – Double Zine Launch . Women’s Center for Creative Work . Sat 11Mar2017 . 5-8p

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Women’s Center for Creative Work
2425 Glover Place . Los Angeles . 90031
Double Zine Launch : Would Be Saboteurs Take Heed (Issue 2: Spirit(s) . Issue 3: Love&Struggle)
Would Be Saboteurs Take Heed, a community-based publication featuring Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) artists and writers, is celebrating the double launch of issue 02 [spirit(s)] and issue 03 [love & struggle].  Join us for readings and performances from our contributors.  Please bring a dish for our potluck!  Zines are for sale – $5 (cash only).  A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA).
Contributors include:
Issue 02: Spirit(s) >>> Byron Au Yong . Elizabeth Ahn . Emily Ryan + Isabel Ryan . johanna hedva . Nuttaphol Ma . Sally Chung . t.k. lê . Thinh Nguyen . Victoria Tao . Yoshie Sakai
Issue 03: Love & Struggle >>> Alan Nagakawa . Amy Uyematsu . Carol Zou . Cat Chiang . Guan Rong . Heisue Chung-Matheu, Grace Hwang, SoYun Cho . huang xiao mei + mei mei + zhao wen + feng yuan . Jennifer Moon . Pearl C. Hsiung + Michael C. Hsiung . Ranu Murkerjee . Scott Oshima . Satpreet Kahlon . Seo Yun Son . Surface . Tomorrow Girls Troop . Toro Castaño

Co-edited by:  Audrey Chan . Connie Ho . Soyoung Shin

Time:  Saturday 11 Mar 2017 . 5p – 8p

Nuttaphol Ma: “Readings from The China Outpost @ La Maison” . Performance / Screening @ La Maison du Bonheur > Sat 12Nov16 . 4p-7p

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2225 13th Avenue . Oakland CA 94606
Nuttaphol Ma:  Readings from The China Outpost @ La Maison
From MayDay to 27May 2016, multidisciplinary artist Nuttaphol Ma relocated The China Outpost, Ma’s nomadic self-imposed sweatshop, to Santa Fe New Mexico as part of his residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute.  There, he occupied 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.  At these contested sites, Ma continued to process discarded plastic bags into threads, amassing the material to be used for the eventual reconstruction of his ancestral house. 
Conversations, both verbal and nonverbal, arose. Delicate moments unfolded. The unknown script became known.  Ma recorded these open ended gestures into poems and moving images. Readings from The China Outpost @ La Maison chronicles Ma’s durational work with a performance reading of his recollections and a premiere screening of The China Outpost @ Santa Fe . 01May-27May 2016.  An interactive installation inviting participants’ responses to five selected poems from Ma’s recollection whilst in Santa Fe will accompany the performance and screening.  The evening event launches Ma’s artist’s book about The China Outpost’s intervention in Santa Fe.
Time:  Saturday 12 November 2015 . 4p – 7p
Site:  2225 13th Avenue . Oakland CA 94606

Visual Poem > “Ten Crows” published in 2nd edition of Would Be Saboteurs Take Heed . Oct/Nov 2016

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The China Outpost @ Santa Fe NM . MayDay – 27May 2016 . image of conversation with Ten Crows
Would Be Saboteurs Take Heed is a zine that echos the voices of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). This zine, inspired by radical AAPI publications like Gidra and named after a song by an all-AAPI riot grrl band Emily’s Sassy Lime, weaves together AAPI stories to construct a collective voice.  I am thrilled and honored to contribute my visual poem entitled “Ten Crows” to the 2nd edition of Would Be Saboteurs Take Heed.  The writing of Ten Crows resulted from my recollection of a conversation I had with the Governor of Abiquiú Pueblo during my durational performance in Santa Fe New Mexico.
Editors (2nd Edition):  Audrey Chan . Connie Ho, Soyoung Shin
Contributors:  Elizabeth Ahn, Thinh Nguyen, Victoria Tao, T.K. Lê, Nuttaphol Ma, Yoshie Sakai, Johanna Hedva, Emily Ryan, Isabel Ryan, Byron Au Yong, Sally Chung
Link:  Would Be Saboteurs Take Heed . vol.01
Publication Date:  Oct/Nov 2016