Arin Rungjang: They Beat Your Father

ShanghART Singapore is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Thai artist Arin Rungjang.


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ShanghART Singapore is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Thai artist Arin Rungjang. A pioneer of installation art in Thailand whose practice is deeply intertwined with Southeast Asian histories, symbols, and memories, this exhibition presents three of the artist’s latest works that explore the diasporic narratives of migrant workers. The works are exhibited in three locations; in the main gallery space, on the balcony outside the gallery, as well as a temporary space at Blk 7, #01-13. When the governing structures of imperialism collapsed and began fading at the end of the 19th century, kingdoms and nations around the world found themselves plagued by the forces of capitalism. Driven by the advancements in technology and media, the pervasive impact of capitalism manifests in the form of globalization that blurs the boundaries of human desires and ethics. With human migration reaching a new height, the migration of labour around the world calls into question our understanding and attitudes to those exploited by the system. Rungjang’s new works continue his explorations on the experiences of diasporic communities. Through interviewing and working with migrant workers in various countries, Rungjang pieces together the personal experience of his late father who was assaulted by racists when he was working in Germany. The two-part work Prayong (Aglaia odorata): Dedicated to my Father includes a performative installation situated on the gallery balcony and a single-channel video of silent portraits screened in the main space. The scaffold erected on the balcony sets the stage for a series of durational performances scheduled through the exhibition period. Connected through the theme of familial trauma, the sound installation They Beat Your Father lays its focus on the long-lasting impacts of migrant labour in the private realm through recordings of the sounds around the artist’s house accompanied by texts. The work exhibited in Blk 7 is a ten-screen video installation, Shooting an Elephant and The Leader, first presented in Shanghai Biennale 2018. The work traces back both personal narrative and social history crossing different time periods, cultures, and languages. The artist sheds light on the memories of two people who lived in Myanmar at distinct times, taking references from George Orwell’s famous essay “Shooting an Elephant”, as well as the accounts of Watuze Ali, a man of Bengali descent born in Myanmar. Combining the singing of Islamic prayer surah Yā Sīn and the transcription of a monologue, the work unveils layers of hidden realities from personal memories. —The exhibition runs from 4 August – 30 November 2019 (main space and balcony) and 4 August – 26 September 2019 (pop-up space)—

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