Lim Sokchanlina

LETTER TO THE SEA
From the series Cambodian Migrant Workers in Asia - A Conversation

Video: 17min35s
Edition of 5 + 2AP
Year: 2019

2015, international news found out that there is fishing slavery in Thai fishing industry. There are so many issues including, work abuse, human trafficking, drug using and trafficking, no contact to relative, working in sea without seeing mainland for many year, so on. 2017, Thailand reform their rule on fishing industry. There are slaveries from Loa, Myanmar and Cambodian.
I visited many Cambodia fishermen in Thialand sea in many provinces in the south of Thailand including Samut Prakan, Chun Buri, Rayong, Trat, Samut Sakhon, SongKhla, and Pattani province. I have decided to write a letter and read the letter in the sea at ko Kut. Ko Kut (Kut Island) is an island near Thai and Cambodia sea border next Kos Kong province in Cambodia. It is to dedicated to slavery Cambodian fisherman in Thailand. The actually reading happen under the sea. The bobble blows from the my mount of reading flow up and spread to the rest of the sea hopefully it can reach to the spirit of the sea and connect to the Cambodia fisher man who lose their life in the sea. i wish them a better life!

This work "Letter to the sea" is a part of a bigger project under titled "Cambodian Migrant Workers in Asia-A Conversation" covering Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, and Hong Kong (China). This particular work is result from research early 2019 in Thailand (chapter).
This work is commission by Singapore Biennale 2019.

This work is commissioned by Singapore Biennale 2019
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Screen shoot: Performative reading, 17min35s, 2019
Letter to the sea: Screen shoot: Performative reading, 17min35s, 2019

Screen shoot: Performative reading, 17min35s, 2019
Letter to the sea: Screen shoot: Performative reading, 17min35s, 2019

Screen shoot: Performative reading, 17min35s, 2019
Letter to the sea: Screen shoot: Performative reading, 17min35s, 2019

Screen shoot: Performative reading, 17min35s, 2019
Letter to the sea: Screen shoot: Performative reading, 17min35s, 2019

Scanned from original letter written in Khmer language by artist, 2 pages, 2019
Letter to the sea: Scanned from original letter written in Khmer language by artist, 2 pages, 2019

Letter translated to English from original Khmer Letter written by artist, 2 pages, 2019
Letter to the sea: Letter translated to English from original Khmer Letter written by artist, 2 pages, 2019

Singapore Biennale 2019 (Nov 2019-March 2020)
Exhibition view: Singapore Biennale 2019 (Nov 2019-March 2020)

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Exhibition hall: Artist's talk: Singapore Biennale 2019 (Nov 2019-March 2020)