Womanifesto Residency Program is held in a unique environment and location, where diverse visions and life efforts of the elders and a younger generation of people have come together to ensure continuity of a way of life that includes engaging various forms of art.
Based on Boonbandarn Farm in the Isan region, North-east Thailand, the Residency Program invites women artists to interact with local communities and art forms, a rural way of life, and explore the diversity and richness of the cultural ways of the community that includes Lao, Khmer, Suay, and Yao people. The focus is also on linking traditional and contemporary art and cultural practices, and to promote discussions about, and an exchange and interaction between the traditional and contemporary via creative activities. Along with engaging in individual practices, the invited artists conduct group workshops that involve students from local schools, vocational institutes and University art schools that rarely have the opportunity to interact within this form of art and culture discourse.
Aimed at generating an on-going dialogue the Residency Program is to be held for six weeks annually, with the first one realized in October/November 2008. First forged at Womanifesto Workshop 2001, further links between various generations of individuals – contemporary artists, traditional practitioners, and the community, continue to be established via this artist-led initiative.