Chumpon Apisuk

Festivals: M:ST 6 Biennial | October 15 - 27, 2012.

The performance is a personal history, based on the concept of ‘Home’, my background and my relationship with home.

When my mother was in her last stage of life in the hospital, a doctor told us that her condition, despite 90 years old, was sodium deficiency and it meant that she had to take regular salt in order to keep on living.

Another story was told by an old friend who used to live in the mountain, about when he was lost in the jungle, and he has not taken any salt for several days, which made him weak and nearly die. For all of us salt is an important chemical for our body, salt keeps our blood flow, keep our thought brighter, and our vision clearer, and keep our soil richer, etc.

Mountain salt was an important product of my home land, and I remembered the salt caravan arrived every morning at my village, when I was young … with rolls of cows carried salt baskets on their back, and the sound of cow bells singing through the dimly morning light, before the sun comes up.

Today salt village on the mountain top at my home land is still operating, as it has been for thousand of years.