Blessing with Hanuman Mask

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As the first part of my performance at the Bangkok Biennale 2018, I visited the Wat Thephakorn Occupation Training Centre at Charan Sanitwong Soi, Bang Plad on the afternoon of the 31st of August. I went there to meet Khun Patchanee Liangsorn, daughter and protege of the master Khon mask-maker and respected teacher, Khun Sathaporn Liangsorn. Khun Patchnee, who was once a Khon and Likay dancer, has kept up the family tradition of Khon mask making. She is also known to be a generous and respected teacher (Khru) in her own right. I had been trying to communicate (through language difficulties) with Khun Patchanee, prior to my departure for Bangkok, about the possibility of obtaining and ritually animating a Hanuman mask for the performance. I am honored to note that when I arrived at Wat Thephakorn, Khun Patchani saw fit to open the eyes of a Hanuman mask for me and to perform an informal blessing with the mask for my upcoming performance.

Bangkok Edition

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I will perform the 2nd part of Cowboys and Indians: Bangkok Edition at 11 am on 2nd Sept 2018 at the Huai Khwang Ganesha Shrine, Din Daeng, Bangkok in the course of daily worship.  My performance interprets the celestial conflict between Phra Rahu and Phra Hanuman over the sun, Suriyan. My intervention will take the form of an offering to Prha  Rahu.  I will engage with myth, cinema, social history and the machinations of Southeast Asian Art in terms of ethnicity, nationality, and regionalism. Please visit https://koboibalikkampung.wixsite.com/rahu/about