8th December 2014 – 9th January 2015, 16:00 – 21:00
Opening Reception : 8th December 2014, 6pm.
Vasan Sitthiket, Praditchya Singharaj, Rungsima Kasikranund, Punsiri Siriwetchapun, Thanachai Ujjin and Tul Waitoonkiat
Wit Ariyasriwatana, or lovingly known as Oan, loved life. He was enamored with everything around him. He read all sorts of books. He appreciated art. He watched films. He listened to all kinds of music—from classical to post rock.
Even with his busy schedules being a full time architect and a part time lecturer, Wit was able to manage to slot everything and everyone that he cared for into his life. He never once failed to look after his families, an
d he always made sure that friends were doing well. Towards the end of his days, Wit became committed to biking.
One of Wit’s long standing passions was that of photography. Inspired by his late father, Dr. Wichai Ariyasriwatana, Wit took up photography ever since he was young. NIKON F—no longer functioning—always
stayed in his bedroom for keepsakes. Technological advancement prompted him to collect cameras as times went along, but his favorite lens was none other than his father’s NIKON 50 mm f/1.4 which he used regularly with CANON EOS 5D.
Travelling was a
nother core of Wit’s being. It doesn’t necessarily mean from a place to another, but also a passage of time which can be captured through photography. Wit displayed how growing up with people around him could create memories to hold on to when he bid farewell to us all. Wit left us during his biking trip with friends in Nakorn Ratchasima.
“The Journey Continues…” is Wit’s first photographic exhibition. Selected by his trusted friends, the exhibition revisits the world through Wit’s keen eyes. The opening date is December 8, 2014, which also falls on his birthday. Through his photos, he bared his heart and soul Wit’s journey will never end. It continues. It continues happily and freely.
Until we meet again.
“The Journey Continues…” Photography Exhibition and Life of Wit Ariyasriwatana
The exhibition displays six sets of photographic works by Wit Ariyasriwatana that have been selected by six of Wit’s friends. They include:
1) Vasan Sitthiket, well-known visual artist and social activist
2) Praditchya Singharaj, leading architect and photographer
3) Rungsima Kasikranund, Managing Director of Post International Media Co., Ltd. and former Editor-in-Chief of ELLE DECOR Thailand
4) Punsiri Siriwetchapun, celebrated fashion photographer
5) Thanachai Ujjin, Moderndog’s vocalist
6) Tul Waitoonkiat, Apartmentkhunpa’s vocalist
These six individuals have all played a part of Wit’s personal and professional life, and he held them in highest regards. The admirations traveled both ways.
Their selection criteria are based on their preferences; moods, tastes, and perspectives derived from closely inspecting Wit’s photographs. The process displayed profound connections and understandings between Wit and his friends.
There is no curator for this exhibition, but Wit’s close friend from Chulalongkorn University Wuttinun Jinsiriwanich has taken on the designer role as a parting gift. He has selected and arranged the display of these different selections in the exhibition space.
These photographs are taken from Wit’s archives from 2000 to 2014. The common themes seem to be friends, people and places that he came across through traveling, instant reality, daily photographic journals, architecture and visual graphics.
From looking at these photographs, one can see quite vividly the photographer’s intention to capture the spirits and livelihoods of people he met as well as the immediate feelings and instant reactions that he grasped.
As a lifelong keen reader, Wit’s knowledge, memories and viewpoints are kept alive by his photographs.
Wit’s Life Journey
Wit was born on December 8, 1972 at Misericordia Hospital in New York, USA, where his parents practiced medicines. After graduation from the School of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University in 1995, he started his career as an architect at Axis ArchitectCo.,Ltd. in Bangkok. In the year 2000, Wit started his own business which is currently Studio Qube Co., Ltd. The company’s works include residential buildings, hotels and resorts in Thailand and Southeast Asia.
Wit has received several honors and awards for his works both in the conceptual design and architectural design criteria. He lectured part time at universities.
He was part of the “We Think”, a group of designers and creative people who organized the “Fashion Market for AIDS” during the World AIDS Day in 2004 and “Art Vote” campaign to call for the Bangkok Art and Culture Center during the Bangkok Governor election in 2005. He also joined the long march against the construction of the Mae Wong Dam in 2013. Two years ago, Wit found his new hobby, cycling, which became his passion.
On 28th June 2014, Wit passed away from a cycling accident. He is survived by his loving wife, mother, brother, sister, Muji and Mookka.