In the run up to our launch on the 30th of April, we introduce the speakers of the evening. Here you can sample the visual art of Thekla Ek. Hear her speak on the 30th April at SOAS 6-8pm. Click on the link for more information on the launch.
In her own words:
The past has been a big influence throughout my practice. Not only from historical events, but also from my family’s background I gain inspiration to create work. I am born and raised in the Flemish part of Belgium. My parents were Khmer Rouge refugees.
I want to communicate with the viewer through historical events, knowing that every person has his own relationship with the past. Every person is writing his own story, but to understand this narrative we need to try to understand our antecedent. Consequently, our past is the key to our lives.
My paintings and drawings are a reflection on global issues such as enforced migration, identity, power, the absurdism of human actions. Philosophers like Jean Paul Sartre, who described freedom as complete and endless, but also acknowledged that this does not mean that freedom does not have any limits: although it may never meet these. The second philosopher I use as a source of inspiration is Albert Camus. He stated that the absurd helped to fill the emptiness of humanity