Copy-Paste I แบบ-เลียน

Exhibition “Copy-Paste”  12th March - 9th May, 2015 2nd Floor, Sombatpermpoon Gallery Sombat Permpoon Gallery is delighted to present “Copy-Paste”.  The art exhibition explores the problems in Thailand’s education system, through the expressions of seven artists who have had experience the education system in both roles as students and teachers. “Copy-Paste” refers to the Thai education culture where learning is centered around memorizing from text books and following instructions from teachers/educators. Students are not encouraged to be independent and creative, and critical thinking while discovering one's individual strengths are not commonly promoted.  Through the exhibition, 7 artists use art to tell relay their experiences in Thai schools and create a dialogue with their audiences about whether they experienced the same thing. Artists: Chonlawit Rodjaturakun, Monchai Pitayawaraporn, Powarong Boonchoui, Rukkit Kuanhawate, Saranyu Koontanakulvong, Suebsang Sangwachirapiban, Sujin Wattanawongchai Benjamin Franklin said “an investment in knowledge pays the best interest”. Thai government has invested an enormous of money in Thai Education. In fact, more than any countries in ASEAN.  In 2006, Thai government allocated  560,411,648,800 Baht for Ministry of Education,19.18 % from National budge and in 2008, National education budget was 481,337,000 Baht. However, the results from their investment did not pay so much interest.  According to The Public Health Ministry’s survey in 2011 of the IQ of students across the country found that Thai children averaged an IQ of 98.59 points, lower than the present international IQ standard of 100 points. The World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness 2012-2013 reported Thailand's education quality ranked the worst among eight ASEAN countries and in 2004, The International Institute for Management Development (IMD) has ranked Thai education at 51st place among 60 countries around the world. These results have led the artists to question the critical issues of thought processes found in the greater realms of society. By using their art as a media to create a dialogue, they hope these questions will lead to positive change and development in the future.

12th March – 9th May, 2015

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