We cordially invite you to discuss with the artist Korakrit Arunanondchai, Viktor-Bryan Hömpler (curatorial assistance, Migros Museum, Zurich) and Bettina Steinbrügge (Director, Kunstverein in Hamburg) the current exhibition Songs for dying / Songs for living at the Kunstverein in Hamburg.
In Songs for dying / Songs for living departing from the loss of his own grandfather, Korakrit Arunanondchai unfolds the medium which carries the idea of self and the community into the space of the unknowable. Ghosts, shamans, and a dying sea turtle are not only metaphors but also the very flesh from which processes of becoming and decomposition must pass through. In these stories rich in mythological references and symbols, Arunanondchai simultaneously takes up social and political realities of life in Thailand characterized by military rule, monarchy and pro-democracy protests. Songs shape the arc of the exhibition, which lead the audience through a polyphonic narrative in which events are testified to the emotional and transcendent impulses of peoples, nations, and beings living under the symbols of higher powers.“Songs for living” is made in collaboration with the artist Alex Gvojic in New York City in the summer of 2021. The exhibition is a collaboration with the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zurich.
Korakrit Arunanondchai (*1986, Bangkok, Thailand) lives in New York and Bangkok. His work has been shown most recently at the Migros Museum, Zurich, Kunsthall Trondheim (2021), Serralves Museum, Porto (2020), Secession, Vienna (2019) and at numerous biennials and festivals including the Gwangju Biennale (2021), Yokohama Triennale (2020), Venice Biennale (2019), and Whitney Biennale (2019).
The artist talk will take place in English via Zoom and is free of charge.
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