Bangkok-raised artist Korakrit Arunanondchai (Thai, b. 1986) engages with subjects such as history, authorship, self-representation, and tourism through the lens of a cultural transplant. His work seeks to find a common ground in artistic experiences through a mix of styles and mediums.
At MoMA PS1 Arunanondchai presents 2012-2555 (2012), a large-scale installation which is the first in a trilogy of video-installations. Named for the year in which it was produced (2555 is the year 2012 on the Buddhist Calendar), the work features footage of the artist revisiting his artistic achievements from 2008 to 2011 and documents his grandparents as they transform the family garden into their "elderly home." For Arunanondchai, the installation evokes the cyclical nature of life and memory.
Korakrit Arunanondchai: 2012-2555, 2012 Performance, two-channel video loop, flat screens, metal, wood, plastic, digital print on canvas, digital print on vinyl, fluorescent lights, plastic flowers.
Photo courtesy the artist and CLEARING, New York
Shown along with 2012–2555 are three series of paintings generated from different videos. Untitled (Muen Kuey), was born from 2556, the second video in the trilogy. The paint marks on the denim result from a re-performance of Duangjai Jansaunoi’s use of her own body to paint on canvas during season 2 of Thailand’s Got Talent. Jansaunoi, whose performance outraged viewers and sparked a dialogue on the role of performance art in Thai culture, was a part-time female go-go dancer, who was paid to go on the famed Thai show in order to increase the number of viewers. Named after a popular Thai song, Muen Kuey, which translates to “It’s always the same,” the paintings are each accompanied by 100 DVDs containing documentation of Arunanondchai’s performance, Jansaunoi’s performance and the televised critique of her performance by famed Thai artist Chalermchai Kositpipat.
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