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Title: Gam Lang Jai: A Case Study of female Malay-Muslim Contemporary artists in Patani, Southern Thailand
Issue Date: 17-Apr-2018
Citation: TANG XIAOW JUN (2018-04-17). Gam Lang Jai: A Case Study of female Malay-Muslim Contemporary artists in Patani, Southern Thailand. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This thesis discusses the circumstances, struggles, and empowerment of female Malay-Muslims artists in their pursuit of attaining success and recognition. There has been a recent upsurge in interest for contemporary art from southern Thailand among the followers of the Thai art scene. This has led to the emergence and visibility of female Malay-Muslim contemporary artists from Patani. I argue that using contemporary art as a medium to express their views, femaly Malay-Muslim contemporary artists are empowered to project feminine voices into male-dominated public discourses. Their ability to do so is futher amplified with the assistance of their art professors. These women actively negotiate gender expectations in their struggle of pursuing an artistic career, and thus, visibly stand out as individuals with agency. Addressing the dearth of the study of gender in the nascent field of research about contemporary arts in Patani, this paper looks at the experiences of women artists as relfective of the changing circumstance that allow more opportunities for women to participate in public discourses. It cronicles the opportunities that enable or disable individuals from paticipating in creative spaces in Patani, how gender is built intor art spaces, and the agency expressed by Malay-Muslim female contemporary artists in capitalizing on their relationships with gatekeepers and projecting their personal voices through the medium of contemporary art. In discussing the experiences of these artists, I highlight how my interlocutors think of themselves as both artist and autonomous individuals and their use of art as means of conveying their opinions and impressing their presence onto the largely male-dominated arts scene. My thesis presents a rare glimpse into the lives of female Malay-Muslim contemporary artists in their struggle to be successful artists.
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