SWAMPED: the Art of Waste Installation

SWAMPED: the Art of Waste Installation
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“SWAMPED”, the art installation at Warin Lab Contemporary, an art gallery that addresses social issues through art.

By Alisha Pawa

If you’re an art lover and have a keen interest in exploring and learning more about our societal issues, head over to Warin Lab Contemporary’s inaugural show entitled “Swamped.” Whilst we’ve all been working towards being more environmental-friendly with our actions, this thought-provoking exhibition is the real wake-up call our society needs. It’s important for us to really visualise our actions to realise the impact of our carbon footprint. Do you remember the last time you threw plastic in the bin instead of reusing or recycling it? Definitely, something for all of us to ponder.

WARIN Lab, a newly-opened space by Sukontip “Fon” Ostick, (who also owns La Lanta Fine Gallery) in the heart of Charoenkrung Road soi 36, is a dedicated space for all artist to showcase their work. What makes it even more interesting is that this particular location belongs to a Thai Wildlife Conservationist and thus, it fits perfectly with the mission of this gallery. It’s a 100-year-old former residence of Dr. Boonsong Lekagul who first brought the conservation movement in Thailand and likewise, Fon intends to continue this tradition by opening up this contemporary space to discuss all kinds of social issues via art.

Fon’s latest art installation, “SWAMPED”, raises awareness on waste accumulation and how society’s lack of discipline towards the environment has affected our planet. Keeping the concept of Circular Economy in mind, SWAMPED encourages us to minimise the use of new resources by recycling, upcycling, repairing or even refreshing materials to maintain the closed-loop system. Here’s a look at the art installation.

SWAMPED Installation
Object Politic

Designed by Pongpan Suriyapat from Interaction Design Studio Co. Ltd., and curated by Sukontip Prahanpap, SWAMPED has been brought together with the works of four talented artists. Whilst artist Thanawat Maneenawa has shared his whimsical assemblage, textile artist Ploenchan Vinyaratn has taken up a notch to present the consequence of littering via her large-scaled weaved materials. It’s really interesting to see how coke cans and unwanted trash have been turned into some striking pieces of work. Meanwhile, the sculpture and performance art by Taweesak Molsawat stimulates the viewers to question their actions towards the issue of waste accumulation.

Not only does the art installation stimulate you with its visual treat, but it also spurs your sensory experience by incorporating visitor’s movement between each artwork. To really demonstrate the impact of how human activity affects the entire environment, Note Panayanggool created this sensory experience so that when you step anywhere near the work, the ambient sound will be triggered. It’s like hearing the noise of pollution you created. It’s indeed, an eye-opening experience in itself to witness the art here at SWAMPED.

All the waste used in SWAMPED were collected by the local communities. Several companies also lent a hand in contributing their office garbage.

The most intriguing part is that all the waste used in the art over here has been collected by the local community themselves which is a great initiative to start with. The local community helped in collecting, separating, and contributing their garbage materials. Alongside, many corporations have also lent a hand in contributing their office and home garbage for the art installation. As you head over to the second floor, there are wonderful items from earrings, handbags, to clutches that have been made from recycled materials and could be purchased at the gallery. If you stroll by the rich district of Chareonkrung, you wouldn’t want to miss out on this engaging and impressive exhibition.

For more information, please check https://warinlab.com/.

Thanawat Maneenawa shared his whimsical assemblage.


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