ShanghART Singapore is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Thai artist Arin Rungjang. A pioneer of installation art in Thailand whose practice is deeply intertwined with Southeast Asian histories, symbols, and memories, this exhibition presents three of the artist’s latest works that explore the diasporic narratives of migrant workers.
Rungjang’s new works continue his explorations on the experiences of diasporic communities. Connected through this theme of familial trauma, the two-part work 'Prayong (Aglaia odorata): Dedicated to my Father' lays its focus on the long-lasting impacts of migrant labour in the private realm. The 10-screen video installation 'Shooting an Elephant and The Leader' traces back both personal narrative and social history across different time periods, cultures, and languages through interweaving monologues, text, and video.
Arin Rungjang (born 1975, Bangkok; lives and works in Bangkok) is known for deftly revisiting historical material, overlapping major and minor narratives across multiple times, places, and languages. His interest lies in lesser-known aspects of Thai history and their intersection with the present in the sites and contexts of his practice. Objects, which can draw together distant events across time and space, are central to his investigations. He has a practice that spans different media and often involves video and site-specific installation. In his exploration of history and everyday life experiences he deftly dissects material and revisits master-narratives through the agency of the small event.
Recent exhibitions include “Bengawan Solo”, Portikus, Germany (2018), “SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now”, Mori Art Museum and The National Art Center, Japan (2017), “Documenta 14”, Kassel, Germany and Athens, Greece (2017), “Mongkut”, Satellite 8 Programme, Maison d’Art Bernard Anthonioz, Paris and CAPC Musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux, France (2015), “APB Foundation Signature Art Prize”, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2014), “Golden Teardrop”, representing Thailand at the 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2013). He has participated in the “12th Shanghai Biennale: Proregress”, Shanghai, China (2018), “Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2018”, Japan, “JIWA: Jakarta Biennale 2017”, Indonesia.