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Creating a Muay Thai art series has been my dream for a really long time. These paintings reflect a simple truth: life is not always a bed of roses, and one can only be successful and happy if one masters the art of Counter Punch.
I have been captivated by the boxing-painting performances of neo-dadaist artist Ushio Shinohara years ago back in Russia, way before I started painting or knew anything about Muay Thai techniques. Ever since I was a little girl my father has taught me how to fight and he always told me to never be afraid of anything or anyone.
When I moved to Thailand I decided to study Muay Thai, and every time, with every punch and kick I always imagine a bright splash of painting appearing on blank canvas. Muay Thai sessions boost my energy level and give me inspiration to create new artworks.
This year, spending the quiet months of quarantine at my mountain art studio, I have found the perfect moment and place to combine my old passions, Muay Thai and art, and to create my new series ‘Counter Punch’.
Be free, do what you love and what brings you joy and never worry what others might think of you. Even if you feel completely broken, stand up over and over again and follow your dreams.
Art performance by contemporary and experimental dancer Julia Lenshina
Music by DJ Ali Zee
Dress code: Art X Sport X Fashion
Opening ceremony on November 27th, 6pm till midnight
Viva and Aviv The River @ River City Bangkok (floor 1)
Sponsors and information partners:
– FAIRTEX TRAINING CENTRE
– MUAY THAI FEDERATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF KALMYKIA, RUSSIA
– TAY MUAY THAI CLUB, MOSCOW, RUSSIA
– FIGHT VISA THAILAND
– PORTRAIT MAGAZINE
– MODEL SOCIETY ASIA
– PATTAYA NOW MEDIA
– FILM SERVICE THAILAND
– DG ARTS & CRAFTS
– WIIN CANVAS ARTIST CANVAS MATERIAL
– DJ ALI ZEE
– YULIYA LENSHINA CONTEMPORARY & EXPERIMENTAL DANCER
– SATHORN 11 ART SPACE
– YOUR ECO MIND
– BANGKOK SOAP OPERA
– PELMENI CLUB RESTAURANT, PATTAYA
Curated by Anastasia Maslova