IntroducinG Elevations Laos
Elevations Laos organises or contributes to contemporary art exhibitions to raise the profile of contemporary art and artists in Laos.
During 2020 and 2021, up to 20 students attended mentoring programs by Lao and international contemporary artists. Students and former students that completed the mentoring program went on a field trip to Chiang Mai in Thailand in October 2022 to visit contemporary art galleries and artist studios and participate in a workshop.
In 2023, Elevations Laos commenced its first artist in residency program with the acclaimed, Thai installation artist Som Supaparyna.
Som has met with local artists, students, alumni and teachers from NIFA and travelled to Champasak and Luangprabang to conduct research for a new art project.
Som also conducted two seminars to discuss her work. The first seminar was hosted at NIFA with 32 students from year one to year three classes. The second workshop was hosted at Institute Francais du Laos Exhibition room where 30 youth and young artists joined for her talk and Q&A.
The collaboration with NIFA has been reinvigorated with a new generation of students attending a field workshop led by Thai artist and teacher Jedsada Tangtrakulwong and with the participation of teachers from NIFA.