Sombat Permpoon Gallery presents “Copy-Paste”, an exhibition exploring the inherent problems in Thailand’s education system through the works of seven artists who have been both students and teachers. “Copy-Paste” refers to the Thai education culture in which learning is centered on memorizing from text books and following instructions from teachers. It is a culture in which students are not encouraged to be independent and creative, and critical thinking while discovering one’s individual strengths is not commonly promoted.
A 2011 Public Health Ministry survey of the IQ of students across the country found that Thai children averaged an IQ of 98.59 points, lower than the present international IQ standard of 100 points. The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report for 2012-2013 stated that Thailand’s education quality ranked lowest among eight ASEAN countries, and in 2004 The International Institute for Management Development (IMD) ranked Thai education at 51st place among 60 countries around the world.
These results prompted Chonlawit Rodjaturakun, Monchai Pitayawaraporn, Powarong Boonchoui, Rukkit Kuanhawate, Saranyu Koontanagoonwong, Suebsang Sangwachirapiban, and Sujin Wattanawongchai to use their art to relay their experiences of Thai schools and create a dialogue with the audience about whether they, the viewers, have experienced the same thing. In using their art as a medium to create such a dialogue, the exhibitors hope to prompt positive changes in the Thai education system.
“Copy-Paste” runs from March 12-May 9 at 2nd Floor, Sombat Permpoon Gallery