Fourteen contemporary Thai artists come together for a special art show in Kassel, Germany. Titled Absurdity in Paradise, the exhibition reconfigures human and relationship with his changing surroundings through culture of thoughts and dialogues embedded in the artworks.
Curated by Pichaya Aime Suphavanij, Head of Exhibitions at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, the show is staged at Museum Fridericianum, opened in 1779 as the world’s first museum conceived for the public and has been the main location of the the renowned exhibition ‘documenta.’
Participating artists includes a crop of internationally revered Thai artists: Alisa Chunchue, Arin Rungjang, EkachaiEksaroj, Harit Srikhao, Kanich Khajornsri, Kawita Vatanajyankur, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Nuttapon Sawasdee, Paphonsak La-or, Pratchaya Phinthong, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Sakarin Krue-On and Somboon Hormtientong.
The core idea of the exhibition, absurdity, revolves around a collection of communications that fall through cracks of everyday life as different communities and ideologies emerge. It’s about language malfunctions, collapse of relationship and disfiguration of ideas. As a collective, the works of art present politics of memory, debris of speculation, myth of comprehension, human relations, and philosophy of faith.
Each artist work on his/her own signature media ranging from videos to media works, photographs and large-scale installations to present the paradox of Thailand as a paradise of earth — a place for yearnings for those not inhabiting the place. Whether it is pixilated uniforms of Manit Sriwanichpoom, performing textile of Kawita Vatanajyankur,or the artwork of Rirkrit Tiravanija “untitled 1994 (angst essen seele auf)” — a reference to the film ‘Angst Essen Seele Auf’ (fear eats soul) of German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder depicting cruelty as well as human tenderness between insider and outsider. In addition to renowned artists such as Arin Rungjang, Pratchaya Phinthong and Korakrit Arunanondchai, the exhibition will also feature young up-and-comers such as Nuttapon Sawasdee, Alisa Chunchue, and Harit Srikhao.
Absurdity in Paradise runs until October 29, 2018 at Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany.
Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 6pm