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Oblivion

Arin Rungjang

Medium: Metal dust on linen
Size of work: 60 x 50 cm

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The painting represents the archival presence of the absence/nothingness, the binary relationships between reality and memory, the residual and lost. The concreteness of metal instantiates the abstraction of the desire to be human.

About the Artist

Arin Rungjang was born in 1975 in Bangkok, Thailand. He is well-known for deftly revisiting historical material, overlapping major and minor narratives across multiple times, places, and languages. His interest lies in lesser-known aspects of Thai history and their intersection with the present and contexts of the sites.

Deeply intertwined with Southeast Asian histories, symbols, and memories, his art addresses how social, economic, and political transformations affect individuals' lives. Objects, which can draw together distant events across time and space, are central to his investigations. His works often involve video and site-specific installation. In his exploration of history and everyday life experiences, he artfully dissects material and revisits master narratives through the agency of small events.

Arin Rungjang recent exhibitions include "Oblivion," Nova Contemporary Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand (2021), "Ravisar," DAAD Galerie, Berlin, Germany (2020); "Arin Rungjang: They Beat Your Father," ShanghART Singapore, Singapore (2019); "Spectrosynthesis II - Exposure of Tolerance: LGBTQ in SEA," Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre, Bangkok, Thailand (2019); "Bengawan Solo," Portikus, Germany (2018); "SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now", Mori Art Museum and The National Art Center, Japan (2017); "Documenta 14", Kassel, Germany and Athens, Greece (2017); "Mongkut," Satellite 8 Programme, Maison d'Art Bernard Anthonioz, Paris and CAPC Musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux, France (2015); "APB Foundation Signature Art Prize," Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2014). He has also participated in the "12th Shanghai Biennale: Proregress", Shanghai, China (2018); "Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2018", Japan; and represented Thailand at the 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2013).