Contemporary Art Exhibition
8 october – 20 November 2559
Opening Reception: Saturday 8 October 2016, 7pm
“Novel Without a Name” is a 1991 book by the Vietnamese dissident writer Duong Thu Huong, the intimate life story of a Vietnamese boy soldier in the “War Against the Americans” from youthful fervour to disillusionment.
The artist appropriates the title for her own personal take on the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, a milestone in America’s ascendancy in Indochina – reflecting not least on how her own country Thailand became a bridgehead for US policy in the region, a lucrative position that has also come at great cost as the country galloped from underdeveloped also-ran to capitalist democracy – and arguably back again.
A critical part of the story was General Electric, once among the biggest foreign investors in Thai infrastructure. Its presence in Thailand dates back to 1900s, when it began selling lightbulbs. But towards the end of the Vietnam War the bulbs had morphed into massive networks bearing the message of consumer happiness and eternal becalmed democracy across the region, in the form of oil, gas and wind energy, indispensable white goods, military equipment, health technology and finance.
The artist conceptualises this idea of intangible power spreading hummingly and inexorably across a region, and mesmerising its people with promises of a perpetually deferred future.
The exhibition consists of three mixed media art installations – collage, video, sound and objects – all created in 2016. One of the works titled ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ was first commissioned and presented by Visual Arts at Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, Singapore.
Sutthirat Supaparinya is a Chiang Mai based visual artist who works across a range of media including video, installation, photography and sculpture. Her work often includes playful criticism of political, social, and personal issues. The artist often questions the interpretation of images, text and sound in the media, using simple everyday images to explore larger issues.
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