The N-Peace Network would like to thank our special supporters who have provided our initiative with generous contributions of time, advocacy, and resources.
Cindy Sirinja Bishop is an actor, model, social media influencer and the television host of Asia’s Next Top Model. In 1996, Cindy won the Miss Thailand World pageant and represented Thailand in the Miss World pageant in Bangalore, India. She has appeared in a number of Thai drama series including Gossip Girl: Thailand and The OC Thailand. For her role in the moview The King Maker, she was nominated for the best supporting actress at the 2005 Suphanahong Awards. She is a passionate advocate for women’s rights and has most recently spurred the feminist movement #DontTellMeHowToDress in response to advice issued for the 2018 Thai Songkran festival, urging women to dress conservatively in order to prevent sexual harassment. The campaign more generally addresses the blame and shame experienced by women survivors of sexual violence.
“A lot of times you hear people asking women what they were wearing when [sexual harassment occurs], not just during Songkran,” says Cindy. “Across the globe, you have the feminist movement, the #MeToo movement, conversation on this topic is growing and in the same way, I hope in Thailand this movement continues beyond Songkran.”
The N-Peace Award trophies were designed by renowned Thai contemporary and conceptual artist Pinaree Sanpitak. Pinaree is one of Thailand’s most respected artists and has been called a “champion of feminist causes and vision” by the Wall Street Journal. Educated in Japan in the 1980s, over the past twenty years, her work has been featured in numerous museums and major biennales across Asia, Europe and the United States. Her most recent exhibitions include Hanging By a Thread, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), USA (2013), Female Power, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, The Netherlands (2013); All Our Relations, 18th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2012), and in 2011, Here / Not Here, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, USA; Roundabout, City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand and Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel; Negotiating Home, History, and Nation: Two Decades of Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia, 1991-2011, Singapore Art Museum.
The trophies are a personalised version of her ‘Ma-Lai’ collection, describe by the New York Times as “floral garlands made for Thai ceremonial occasions, from weddings to funerals, transforming them into origami-like cloth wall hangings and minimalist paintings accented with dried blossoms.” For more about Pinaree, visit this website.
This year’s N-Peace illustrations were provided by Gabe Wong. Gabe is a graphic designer, illustrator and educator. He is interested in the visual representation of value systems and cultures.
The concept behind this year’s illustration focuses around the idea of peace as process through movement. In the foreground, a woman and a man stand in discussion. Their discussion of peace is represented through young branches springing from their mouths. Around them are seven birds in flight representing the seven programming countries of N-Peace (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Nepal, Indonesia and the Philippines). These birds are a metaphor of the peace dove, swooping in to pluck twigs from the conversations of the peacebuilders below them, thereby carrying away the fruits of their negotiations to their home. Behind them, the grey and turbulent wind represents the inherent complexity of peace processes.
Gabe is based in Vancouver, Canada and teaches at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
More about his work can be found on his website.