Korakrit Arunanondchai

Songs for dying / Songs for living

Korakrit Arunanondchai (*1986) processes personal experiences in his works and examines their socio-historical conditions. Using video installations, expansive paintings, and objects, Arunanondchai creates atmospheric sites of storytelling in which the themes of historiography, globalization, animism, and information networks find their place.

In Songs for dying / Songs for living, Korakrit Arunanondchai focuses on existential experiences more explicitly than before. Through confrontating the loss of his own grandfather, Arunanondchai’s thoughts unfold on the cosmological origin of the world and the associated cycles of life and death, growth and decomposition. In atmospheric spatial situations, the exhibition interweaves stories of grief, transformation, and spiritual power. Its narrative pull leads into imaginative spaces where new perspectives on life and its potential forms become visible.

The exhibition Songs for dying / Songs for living is a co-production with theMigros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zurich (CH), Switzerland. The exhibition will be accompanied by the most comprehensive publication to date on the work of Korakrit Arunanondchai. On the occasion of three solo exhibitions in their respective institutions between 2020 and 2022, the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, the Kunstverein in Hamburg and the Serralves Museum in Porto will jointly publish the publication.