Stanislava Pinchuk featured in The New York Times

27 Apr 2023

This New York Times article sheds light on two artists, Stanislava Pinchuk and Jakkai Siributr, who have used their works to explore the theme of displacement and migration, and the quest to find a home in this year’s Encounters sector of Art Basel Hong Kong.

Stanislava Pinchuk creates an installation of engraved marbles that reflects the migrant experience while Jakkai Siributr works with fabric to create a piece about the difficulties faced by refugees in Thailand.

Pinchuk’s installation, called “The Wine Dark Sea,” is inspired by Homer’s “Odyssey” and the Nauru files, leaked reports about the physical abuse and sexual assault of asylum seekers in Australia’s detention centers on the Pacific islands of Nauru and Manus. Pinchuk takes phrases from these reports and various retellings of “The Odyssey” and swaps the protagonists to illustrate the point that while people often uphold Odysseus’ story of displacement as heroic literature, they are often unwilling to accept the narratives of displaced people arriving on their shores today.

Siributr uses his work to bring awareness to the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers. His installation, “The Outlaw’s Flag,” sheds light on the plight of the Rohingya, a Muslim group in Myanmar who have been subject to genocide, rape, and arson by the Burmese military. Siributr created 21 flags, woven from debris he picked up on the beach in Sittwe, Burmese clothing, Buddhist monks’ robes, and fishing nets. These flags represent imaginary nations where Rohingya might seek asylum.