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Korakrit Arunanondchai

No history in a room filled with people with funny names

Korakrit Arunanondchai

No history in a room filled with people with funny names

Through his artwork, Korakrit Arunanondchai mediates his Thai and American identities. His work explores problems that have touched both his native country, and more intimately, his Thai family.  His newest film, a collaboration with artist Alex Gvojic, titled No history in a room filled with people with funny names 5 (2018), is on view at the Venice Biennale through November.

The three-channel film features news footage of last year’s Tham Luang rescue in which divers saved a Thai soccer team from a cave where they’d been trapped for weeks—spliced together with shots of the artist playing a laser harp amidst an eerie ensemble in a forest, a dance by the performance artist boychild, a veterinarian primed to operate on a rabbit, and the artist’s grandmother in a hospital bed. Green lights flash throughout different segments, loosely binding the disparate elements.

Arunanondchai’s multidisciplinary art practice evokes club culture, uniting queer, multicultural, salient ideas with video footage, sometimes made by drones. His titles often include the phrase “no history,” nodding to where his interests lie—in myth-making, oral storytelling, and previously untold narratives. (Alina Cohen, the Young artist seducing the artword with haunting films, Artsy, August 1, 2019) This is Korakrit’s first solo exhibition in Canada.

Bangkok-raised artist Korakrit Arunanondchai (b. 1986) engages a myriad of subjects such as history, authenticity, self-representation, and tourism through the lens of a cultural transplant. His work seeks to find a common ground in artistic experiences through a pastiche of styles and mediums. Arunanondchai earned his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009 and his MFA from Columbia University in 2012. He has had several solo exhibitions at CLEARING gallery in New York and Brussels and has been featured in major group exhibitions at the Sculpture Center and the Fisher Landau Center. The artist made his museum solo debut at the MoMA PS1, New York, in 2013.

This project is supported by Partners in Art.

Image Courtesy of Korakrit Arunanondchai

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