BANGKOK 1899 // Na CAFE PROJECTS IN COLLABORATION SATI FOUNDATION & Amnesty international // 2019
For World Refugee Day, Make A House A Home Project teamed up with Na café to create artwork with children from refugee families in order to create an exhibition of the works in exchange for useful household goods. Around 5,550 Refugees live in and around Bangkok today. They mainly come from Pakistan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Palestine, Iraq and Somalia and do not receive any government support. The aim was to share the many diverse cultures with new audiences to unpack why they are in Bangkok and what it means to be an asylum seeker in Thailand. At the end of this exhibition, all items were donated and divided amongst the families, acting as a small token of support.
Through this project, Singh has provided a space for individual exchanges to become part of a much larger collective outcome – one that provides the opportunity to consider the new migrants who have entered Bangkok . The project speaks to what it means to make a home in a new country. Each artwork was made by the children from sustainable locally sourced natural materials. Each artwork represents one small part of the larger project and its ambitions, forever linking those that have entered the exchange process and helping to generate a circular economy of goods and services locally.