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Cho Why – Natalia Ludmila – Drawn Lines
September 22, 2017 @ 6:30 pmSeptember 30, 2017 @ 11:30 pm UTC+7
Since 2015 the world has been witness to a migration crisis estimated to be at a highest since WWII. Drawn Lines explores the fragility of the human condition while in this transitory state. The exhibition focuses on the gruelling journeys spent at sea or in land while fully exposed to perils and the natural elements. The artist’s interest lies in depicting the disquiet experienced by many migrants while in prolonged and indefinite stays in makeshifts centres and camps. As well as portraying major migration routes employed in the endeavour to reach other horizons.
Drawn Lines showcases Ludmila’s main interests and pursuits as an artist both in subject-matter and technique. Expanding over two floors at Cho Why the exhibition consists of several large size watercolours on paper and a video piece. The works on paper explore migration in North Africa, the Mediterranean sea and Central America. The video uses google maps as a creative tool by tracing a walking route along the Mexico-US border. As the line is animated and progresses from the west to the east coast of the border. Multiple crowd-sourced images of the urban sprawl in each side are shown. The video questions the arbitrary, man-made nature of borders and the building of the proposed wall.
Drawn Lines takes place with the support of the Embassy of Mexico in Thailand.
> About the Artist
Natalia Ludmila (b.1980 Mexico City) she currently lives and works in Bangkok. Drawn Lines will be her first solo show in the city.
Ludmila works across painting, drawing and video. Her practice is studio based research involving the reinterpretation of images. Focusing on media generated images that depict conflict situations; investigating how these images formulate a biased and skewed view of the world by developing a us-them narrative.