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Over-accumulation

Piyarat Piyapongwiwat

Medium: Giclee print on archival paper, foamex mounting
Size of work: 47 x 75 cm

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Piyarat Piyapongwiwat and Pattara Chanruechachai both are a newer generation of Thai artists working in mediums that address their contemporary conditions, in texture and imagery, they find and refine their relationship to a world order, and question their existence within. Pattara’s chiaroscuro from his memory of the Luna landing, faintly moves over the underlying news of today’s apocalyptic malaise. How that faint memory of man’s great achievement needs a rethinking today. Piyarat draws from the same anxiety, questioning the privilege, we as mankind have been floating on, and asking, “where do we go from here”, with all advancement just fulfilling uncontested capitalism, where the developments of technologies and interconnected networks accommodate different forms of free market. Piyarat and Pattara, in their own methodology bring us both poetry and ennui, in both their artistic expressions asking us, the viewer, (do we dream under the same sky)?

About the Artist

Piyarat Piyapongwiwat (b. 1977, Phrae, TH) is a multidisciplinary artist working in a variety of media, including video, photography and installation work. Her practice centers on documentation as a method of exposing and questioning social issues and the conditions and implications of our globalized economy. Her work often acts not only as a method of record keeping, but also functions to map our interconnected world through the voices of individuals. Piyarat holds a BFA from Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Montpellier Agglomération, France and was a recipient of the Japan Foundation Asia Center Fellowship Program in 2017. She has presented works internationally, including at the 6th Asian Art Biennial, Taiwan (2017); the 12th Gwangju Biennale (2018) and Art Stage, Singapore (2016). Her work is held in collections of institutions including Singapore Art Museum, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum and Bangkok Art and Culture Centre and in private collections.