Mentioning the three southern-border provinces, most pictures in media are filled with daily violence or peacemaking way seeking, making people almost forget that the living ways of people in the three southern-border provinces are not just shown out, especially alertness on creative spaces which are opposite to violence. Not many people know that several artists from the three-southern borders work abroad. Creative works are a part of the community, and some creative workers intend to build up spaces for all kinds of creative works for people in the three southern-border provinces to inherit wisdom, know-how and happiness. It is the area to gather people with good ideas to join and bring benefits as much as possible and let outsiders perceive good points on papers that have only violence. This is the first intention of Melayu Living Pattani Group.
“Melayu Living” means the living room of Melayu. This group was established in October 2015 by a regional architect group as a part of the minor center policy by The Association of Siamese Architects under the Royal Patronage in the name of “Lower Southern Taksin Architect Committee” with Vivat Jitnuan being the committee chairman, and architects being the main members.
The goals of Melayu Living are to bring movement with individual specialty and cooperation of local people as a main instrument in driving activities to generate historical and art comprehension of the local areas. It starts from building up a local creative space for people with different careers interested in doing volunteer works to work with their specialty including architects, photographers, graphic designers, and columnists. There are architects from Yala and Narathiwat joining this group.
Melayu Living Building as the group’s office and creative activity spaces is a Chinese-style old house near the river. Originally, the owner collected tax for the government on this land, and it was revived to become the linking point of Chinese people, Thai people and Muslim people to live together without separation. At present, there are 18 new-generation members with age ranged from 25-40 years, including local people and those graduating from Bangkok and returning to work at home town. The president of this group is Mr. Rachit Radenahmad.
Melayu Living Group makes an annual plan and does various activities such as photo exhibition, architectural lectures, design contest, film activity under the name of “Melayu Rama”, community mapping for development and Pattani decoding festival. This cooperation with the community changes areas in the old town of Pattani Province to become creative spaces, changing imaginary pictures of people with the sound “boom” to be “bloom” of creative workers who wish to change external social perception to realize good viewpoints to be a new chapter of the three southern-border provinces.