Exhibition: Natalia Ludmila: Drawn Lines
Artist: Natalia Ludmila
Date: 22-30 September 2017
Venue: CHO WHY, Soi Nana 17, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, CHINATOWN, Bangkok.
Since 2015 the world has been witness to a migration crisis estimated to be at a highest
since WWII. Drawn Lines explores the fragility of the human condition while in this
transitory state. The exhibition focuses on the gruelling journeys spent at sea or in land
while fully exposed to perils and the natural elements. The artist's interest lies in depicting
the disquiet experienced by many migrants while in prolonged and indefinite stays in
makeshifts centres and camps. As well as portraying major migration routes employed in
the endeavour to reach other horizons.
Drawn Lines showcases Ludmila's main interests and pursuits as an artist both in subject-
matter and technique. Expanding over two floors at Cho Why the exhibition consists of
several large size watercolours on paper and a video piece. The works on paper explore
migration in North Africa, the Mediterranean sea and Central America. The video uses
google maps as a creative tool by tracing a walking route along the Mexico-US border. As
the line is animated and progresses from the west to the east coast of the border. Multiple
crowd-sourced images of the urban sprawl in each side are shown. The video questions
the arbitrary, man-made nature of borders and the building of the proposed wall.
Drawn Lines takes place with the support of the Embassy of Mexico in Thailand.