°1986, Bangkok (TH) – lives and works in New York (US)
Bangkok-raised artist Korakrit Arunanondchai creates performative paintings, videos, and installations, often making connections between the history of Western painting and art’s current context in his home country. The artist, best known for denim — both in his wardrobe and art practice — sees the fabric as universal, and relates the rise of denim culture with the importation and appropriation of western culture across the globe.
Arunanondchai’s ‘painting’ layers a visual language that resonates with his personal history as a cultural transplant with the painting’s own history — all the steps of its construction made visible. A former professional rapper and student of relational aesthetics pioneer Rirkrit Tiravanija, Arunanondchai often pairs his objects with performance—both his own mystical movements and utterances and his audience’s participation in the space. In this way, he extends the history of his works in a further synthesis of past and present.
(courtesy of ICA, London)
Korakrit Arunanondchai – Painting with History ??????????????!?, 2018
Korakrit Arunanondchai – 2012-2555, 2012. Installation view at MoMA PS1, New York in 2014 (Photo by Matthew Septimus)
Korakrit Arunanondchai – There’s a word I’m trying to remember from a feeling I’m about to have (let the song hold us), 2018
Korakrit Arunanondchai has had solo exhibitions at MoMA PS1, New York; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; S.M.A.K., Ghent; Museion, Bolzano; and KIASMA, Helsinki. His work has also been included in group exhibitions at ICA, London; SculptureCenter, New York; and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin. He also participated in the 9th Berlin Biennale and 20th Biennale of Sydney.
Korakrit Arunanondchai is represented by the following galleries;
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Korakrit Arunanondchai – filmtill from Painting with history in a room filled with men with funny names 3, 2015
Korakrit Arunanondchai – No history in a room filled with people with funny names 5, 2018
Korakrit Arunanondchai – The ground begins to breathe, 2021