one-channel video installation, 8' 20", 2012
Huai Mo Village focuses on the Huai Mo Tzu Chiang House in Chiang Rai, Thailand. The founder of this house is a priest who, during the Cold War period, served as a secret informer for the CIA for thirty-nine years. His identity indicates the sources of this period of history and the process of change. Starting from the 1980s, this region has turned into a world drug center facing serious issues of smuggling and trafficking. Currently, there are around 70 children most of whose parents have been killed or jailed due to drugs trafficking or smuggling. Owing to the local drug problems, these kids have become orphans.
In this video work, the artist invited these children to form a filming team and jointly used camera, sound recording equipment, lights, and other filming facilities. Children were able to visit the priest in person and to listen to him tirelessly talking about the past of the Intelligence Bureau. The artist’s customary style is extended in this work – the people telling the stories, the people listening to the stories, the filming crew made up of orphans, with the artist standing furthest back, observing it all and exploring a complex history of this region.