Not Reconciled: Video Art from Thailand
Top: Grandfather by Chaichai Suban, single Channel Video, 2011, dimension variable.
Bottom left: Never Congregate, Never Disregard by Arin Rungjang, single channel video, 2007, dimension variable.
Bottom right: I Did Not Dream Last Night / Looking in Gods Eye by Taiki Sakpisit, Video installation, 2007, dimension variable.
Not Reconciled is a title of a 1965 film by Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet, which is a loose adaptation of Heinrich Boll’s novel, Billiards at Half Past Nine. Both film and novel focus on a German family’s struggle in coming to terms with the history of themselves, their family, and their nation.
Similar spirit, as well as act of resistance is central to this eponymous group exhibition of recent video art from Thailand. The four selected works by three artists embody the ‘not reconciled’ essence - with memory, history, and time. Arin Rungjang’s piece Never Congregate, Never Disregard (2007) is the artist’s personal attempt to hold on to his intimate memory through his mother’s fading yet lucid recollection; Chatchai Suban’s Grandfather (2011) is a subtly defiant statement on society and its constructed history and fabricated truth; while Taiki Sakpisit’s works I Did Not Dream Last Night (2009) and Looking Into God’s Eye (2010) convey an enduring metaphysical message that transcends the kaleidoscope of time.
Artists: Arin Rungjang, Chatchai Suban, Taiki Sakpisit
Curator: Narawan Pathomvat
Exhibition period: 17 March 2012 to 19 April 2012
Exhibition venue: Osage Kwun Tong
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