In Thailand, a traditional marriage starts from a respectful person from a man side having a formal proposed conversation to a bride’s family. The dowry will be proposed and presented as a commitment or a promise of the liable marriage between a man and a woman’s family.
Nowadays, the Thai society has changed with globalisation. It brings modernises Thai social life, in which everything is convenient and fast-moving. This results in a change to people’s beliefs and also affects the idea of marriage life. In a survey of the Ministry of Interior, divorce statistics are rising steadily.
When we look back in older generations, we found that they are more patient with their lives. They attempt to find their own way to live and get through it by fixing and re-covering problems. If their chair was broken, they would repair it and use it again and again. It’s the same as they manage their relationship. On the other hand, people these days just throw it away and look for a new one instead. This brings up our main idea to find a connection with Thai marriage life.
In this project, we are interested in finding new ways of repairing and reconnecting a relationship by using Thai elements of fixing things from unworkable to be workable. We would like to communicate our idea of fixing things in Thailand with the idea of repairing a couple relationship to reflect images of Thai society through a new form and new structure of “Thai Dowry”.
“We play with familiar articles to tell new stories, every context becomes a unique potential setting for narrative to unfold”
Tunchanok Yavilas & Panjapol Kulpapangkorn