La Maison du Bonheur
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
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
Passages of our Inner Longing . 1min 36sec . 2015 – Nuttaphol Ma
The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier21 presents performances and screenings in conjunction with Nocturne Halifax. The evening features the work of multidisciplinary artist Emma FitzGerald entitled “Border Crossings”, a work that excavates the motives of people who are forced to migrate and those that stop them as well as the motives of an institution like Pier21, which celebrates a particular Euro-centric narrative of immigration. Inspired by readings of “The Beast” by Salvadorian journalist Oscar Martinez which recounts migrants’ perilous journeys from Central America to the US, FitzGerald translates these collective stories into a durational performance of mark-making the word “wall” for 12 hours on a wall inside Pier 21. A time-lapse projection of FitzGerald’s earlier durational “wall” markings at Santa Fe Art Institute illuminates the pedestrian walkway outside the museum. Three films will accompany the outdoor projection. The films, “Border Cantos” (Israel Haros Lopez, Mexico / USA), “Passages of our Inner Longing” (Nuttaphol Ma, Thailand/USA), and “Meatball” (Mauricio Esquivel, El Salvador), all deal with the trauma of forced migration.
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.