The group exhibition entitled THE JOURNEY OF COFFEE – THE JOURNEY OF LIFE, put on by a group of Thai artists and indigenous peoples from the mountains in Northern Thailand, is about the art of living in harmony with nature. This way of living will be demonstrated and presented in a variety of different forms, from printed canvases and woven wall hangings, to indigenous music and coffee inspired art.
Cotton creations are also important components of the exhibition. Natural cotton flowers have been manually collected, spun, dyed and woven to create different works of art. Each individual yarn creation represents different lives and spirits. There will be blankets, bags, and wall hangings on display that deliver the timely message of sustainability from generation to generation.
Another important component of the exhibition is, of course, coffee. Stories and scents from the forests are articulated through coffee art, showing the transformation of shade-grown coffee cherries to finished ecological coffee. The resulting fragrances and tastes represent the richness of Doi Indhanond, the highest mountain in Thailand (located in the Chom Thong district of Chiang Mai province).
Rather than focus on a single artistic element, the group of artists behind the exhibition have focused on a holistic approach to communicate the various cultures of the Northern Thai people. The aim is to engage all of the viewers’ senses—not just sight, but also touch, smell and sound. You’ll never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.
THE JOURNEY OF COFFEE – THE JOURNEY OF LIFE runs from JUNE 4-26 in the Rotunda Gallery & Garden Gallery at the NEILSON HAYS LIBRARY, 195 Surawong Rd (BTS Sala Daeng). Viewing hours are Tuesday to Sunday, from 9:30am to 5pm. For more information call 02 233 1731.