Letter To The Sea (2019)

Thailand chapter, Cambodian Migrant Workers in Asia – A Conversation

Video: 17min 35s
Resolution: 16×9 at 4K
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 Thailand 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 koh Kut. Koh Kut (Kut Island) is an island near Thai and Cambodia sea border next Koh Kong province in Cambodia.

This work is dedicated to slavery Cambodian fisherman in Thailand. The actually reading happen under the sea. The bobble blows from 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 commissioned by Singapore Biennale 2019