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Creation amid a conflict in Thailand's Deep South (1)

Hara Shintaro Before the intensification of Southern Thailand’s long-running insurgency in the early 2000s, the region, (known as Patani) lacked a developed art scene, and the conflict which erupted in 2004 seemed to have devastated artistic creation among the local population. However, in the middle of the endless armed conflict, a new generation of artists has emerged in the region, struggling to seek out their identity/the region’s real identity through the creation of artwork.   I was born in Tokyo and grew up there. I didn’t think of the city around me as being particularly rich in culture – it’s not an old city with historical sites like Kyoto. The place where I was born and lived for more than 20 years, a district called Suginami, is located less than 15 kilometres (or five railway stations) away from Shinjuku Station, the busiest station in the world with more than...

 

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