Korakrit Arunanondchai (* 1986) processes personal experiences in his work and examines their socio-historical conditions. Using video installations, expansive painting and objects, Arunanondchai creates atmospheric places for storytelling, in which the subjects of historiography, globalization, animism and information networks also find their place.
In his exhibition Songs for dying / Songs for living at the Kunstverein in Hamburg Korakrit Arunanondchai focuses more explicitly than before on existential experiences. By dealing with the loss of one's own grandfather, thoughts arise about the cosmological origin of the world and the associated cycles of life and death, growth and decomposition.
His inspiration often comes from the cultural contexts of his home country Thailand, as well as from places shaped by post-colonial trauma. He uses experimental concepts and works with different image and sound material from different sources. While discovering various myths and philosophical approaches, questions about consciousness, life and community are interwoven in his works. Moments of loss and transcendence relate to concrete (life) realities, which he interweaves in atmospheric spatial situations with stories of grief, transformation and spirituality. Her narrative pull leads into imaginative rooms in which new perspectives on life and its potential forms become visible.
In Songs for dying / Songs for living he tries to find a common basis for artistic experiences, how he brings together video works, sculptures and installations that annex and transform the spaces with narratives between reality and fiction.
The exhibition is a coproduction with the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich. The most comprehensive publication to date on the work of Korakrit Arunanondchai will be produced in conjunction with the exhibition. On the occasion of three solo exhibitions in their respective institutions between 2020 and 2022, the Kunstverein in Hamburg, the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst and the Serralves Museum in Porto are jointly issuing the publication.