Subjective Truth, Works from Thailand is a special project curated by Southeast Asia specialist Iola Lenzi, presenting artists Sutee Kunavichayanont, Tawatchai Puntusawasdi, Michael Shaowanasai, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit and Prapat Jiwarangsan. The exhibition is part of the exciting program line-up of 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, which coincides with its participation in the first edition of ART BASEL HONG KONG. The exhibition will run from 20 May to 27 July at 10 Chancery Lane Gallery Central.
Contemporary Thailand has never been more polarized. The country embodies paradox: for outsiders it represents all that is serenely Buddhist. But from inside, it is perceived by many Thais as politically, socially and even spiritually dysfunctional. Bangkok, the City of Angels, is simultaneously booming and burning, affluent Thais partying in the capital’s sky-scraping night-clubs, while Red and Yellow shirts clash on the streets below. Social media speak for the nation, fiction and reality tangled into one on facebook, streams of contradictory truths disseminated via twitter. In Subjective Truth, curated for 10 Chancery Lane Gallery by Southeast Asia specialist Iola Lenzi, six Thai artists grapple with their version of today’s Thailand.
ARTISTS IN THE SHOW -
Prapat Jiwarangsan (b. 1979 ) Born in Bangkok, Prapat Jiwarangsan is a multi-media artist and film-maker who graduated in 2011 with a Masters in Fine Art from The Royal College of Art, London. Taking a particular interest in history, politics and nationalism, Prapat’s recent work examines the Thai monarchy and its critical place as one of the country’s most revered but also culturally and politically problematic institutions. Prapat has exhibited in London and Thailand, his work recently featured at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre in the group exhibition ‘Politics of Me’. Prapat currently works and lives in Chiangmai, Thailand.
Sutee Kunavichayanont(b. 1965) Sutee Kunavichayanont was born in Bangkok, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Silpakorn University in 1989, and later obtained a Master’s degree in Visual Arts from the University of Sydney. Sutee’s practice is noted for its layered conceptual approach as much as for its ability to engage a wide audience through participatory strategies, his desk installation History Class of 2000, and his inflated latex series, two of the Southeast Asian contemporary canon’s most famous and well-loved pieces. Thematically, his work reflects the rapid social, economic and political changes that have affected Thailand since the 1990s, the artist using his art to critically probe nationalism, power, identity, history and cultural convention in Thailand and beyond. Producing pieces in a wide variety of media, the artist mines familiar formal languages to engage the viewer in a playful examination of complex questions. Since 1986, the artist has exhibited widely in Thailand, Singapore, Korea, Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the United States. Sutee’s art is in major institutional collections including the Mori Art Museum, The Queensland Art Gallery, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Singapore Art Museum, and KOC Foundation, Istanbul. As well as making art, Sutee is a curator and a lecturer at Silpakorn University. The artist works and lives in Bangkok.
Tawatchai Puntusawasdi(b. 1971) Tawatchai Puntusawasdi produces architectural three-dimensional sculpture in hard-wood, slate, organic fibres, and metal. In his Tilted series, ongoing since 2002, the artist plays with perception to challenge audiences’ understanding of volume and space, so prodding us to consider philosophical and spiritual questions. A student of the seminal Thai artist Montien Boonma (1953-2000), Tawatchai marshals formal elegance and grandiose scale to produce works that if cerebral, are always underpinned by pure visual seduction. Tawatchai has shown at the Venice and Sydney Biennales and has twice been awarded a