Six contemporary artists reflect on the complexity of modern Thailand and present an intricate picture to the outside world.
“Subjective Truth, Contemporary Art from Thailand”, opened at 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong, on 20 May 2013 and will be on view until 20 July 2013. Curated by Southeast Asia specialist Iola Lenzi, the show comprises video, photography, sculpture and installation.
“Subjective Truth, Contemporary Art from Thailand” at 10 Chancery Lane is one of a series of exhibitions that the gallery is presenting during the first edition of Art Basel Hong Kong (23 to 26 May 2013).
“Subjective Truth” artists
The six selected artists in the exhibition are:
- Sutee Kunavichayanont
- Tawatchai Puntusawasdi
- Michael Shaowanasai
- Manit Sriwanichpoom
- Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
- Prapat Jiwarangsan
Reflections on today’s Thailand
“Subjective Truth” includes artworks that reflect the current state of Thailand. According to the exhibition press release,
History, memory and nation
The country embodies paradox: for outsiders it represents all that is serenely Buddhist. But from inside, it is perceived by many Thais as politically, socially and even spiritually dysfunctional.
The show aims to explore wider notions of history, memory and nation, as Lenzi told ARTINFO,
The works presented in “Subjective Truth” use strong visuals and other playful devices to pull the viewer into a complex topic. This is conceptual art in Southeast Asian mode: art-as-conceptual-play grounded in life, artists exploiting iconography, audience participation, and aesthetics to drive home their socio-political concerns.
There will be a talk on the exhibition by curator Iola Lenzi and the participating artists on 26 May 2013, from 10am to 12pm, at 10 Chancery Lane Gallery.
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