Korakrit Arunanondchai

No History in a room filled with people with funny names 5, 2018, 30:44 mins video © Korakrit Arunanondchai 2020; courtesy the artist; Carlos / Ishikawa, London; Clearing, New York; Bangkok CityCity Gallery, Bangkok

Korakrit Arunanondchai

Songs for dying / Songs for living

Korakrit Arunanondchai (*1986 Bangkok) focuses on the idea of ​​a “living archive” in a single, extensive body of work. Arunanondchai will show a large-scale installation combining sculpture, painting and film, engaging themes of historiography, globalization, Animism, and information networks.

In Songs for dying / Songs for living, his first institutional solo exhibition in Switzerland, Korakrit Arunanondchai focuses on existential experiences more explicitly than before. Confronted with the loss of his own grandfather, the artist unfolds thoughts on the cosmological origin of the world and its cycles of life and death, growth and decomposition. In atmospheric environments, the exhibition weaves together stories of grief, transformation, and spiritual power. Its narrative pull leads into imaginative spaces in which new perspectives on life and its potential forms emerge.

The exhibition is realized in co-production with the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zurich (CH), Switzerland.

The exhibition Songs for dying / Songs for living is accompanied by the most comprehensive publication to date on Korakrit Arunanondchai’s practice, jointly produced by the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, the Kunstverein in Hamburg, and the Museo Serralves in Porto on the occasion of three solo exhibitions at the institutions between 2020 and 2022. As an extension of his practice, it is realized in close collaboration with the artist and features an experimental design. The book brings together new essays on Korakrit Arunanondchai by Chrissie Iles (curator, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York) and May Adadol Ingawanij (professor of cinematic arts, University of Westminster, London). In addition, a conversation between the filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Arunanondchai (moderated by the film programmer and critic Mark Peranson) and a discussion between Arunanondchai, Heike Munder (director, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst) and Bettina Steinbrügge (director, Kunstverein in Hamburg) will provide insights into the artist’s practice and thinking.