Korakrit Arunanondchai: 3 SONGS

When 7 Sep 2021 - 31 Oct 2021
Where C L E A R I N G
396 Johnson Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11206
United States

In 3 SONGS, birth, decreation, and death are thresholds of a heightened consciousness from which Korakrit Arunanondchai generates his storytelling and formal inquiries. By layering the timescales of video, painting, and installation, Arunanondchai is able to recall personal experiences while probing their socio-historical contingencies. The intricate codependency of these forms asks fundamental questions regarding existence and meaning, especially when understood outside of a Western ontological framework.

The cof n entered the aming box
The morning after, coral-like bones rest on the table top
While the monk sings, the bones return to the bottom of the ocean

When did the Spirit leave the body?

In his video Songs for dying, departing from the loss of his own grandfather, Arunanondchai unfolds the medium which carries the idea of self and the community into the space of the unknowable.Ghosts, shamans, and a dying sea turtle are not only metaphors but also the very esh from whichprocesses of becoming and decomposition must pass through. In these stories rich in mythological references and symbols, the artist simultaneously takes up social and political realities of life in Thailand characterized by military rule, monarchy and pro-democracy protests. Songs shape the arc of the exhibition, which leads the audience through a polyphonic narrative in which events aretesti ed to the emotional and transcendent impulses of peoples, nations, and beings living underthe symbols of higher powers.

Song 1: A blue hallway; stuffed rabbit
Song 2: Three paintings with collaged owers collected from the funeral; artist-made shaman

Song 3: Songs for dying, HD video, 2021, 30:18 min; compressed earth; 3 benches

Songs for dying

Production creditsCamera Operator: Akapol Sudasna, Abhichon Rattanabhayon


Director of Photography: Pasit Tandaechanurat
Camera Operator: Parin Intarasorn, Akapol Sudasna
Camera Assistant: Kantidarak Chaengtin, Teethat Yimsukpaitoon
Lighting & Grip: Piyapong Chatuthipsakul Data Wrangler: Ekkaphob SumsiripongPerformer: Donruedi Chana, Note Panayanggool, Korakrit Arunanondchai
Line Producer: Cattleya Paosrijaroen,Tanade Amornpiyalerk
Production Assistant: Kanich Khajohnsri, Kolap Kansorn
Art Director: Narong Srisophab Prop Master: Wissanu Nobnorb
Art runner: Chavapol Petkanpoom, Wisit Sratongoil
Van Driver: Thanakit Sutham, Nipol Khemthong, Yutthana Suksaman

Koh Tao:

Director of Photography: Andres Gutierrez Fiskeseth, Korakrit Arunanondchai


Line producer and Camera A: CHE Onejoon
Camera B: Seo Jongwook
Camera Assistant: Yoon Kyujong Research Seong Nae Kim

Color & Post Production: White Light

Sound Composition and Mixing: Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr, Korakrit Arunanondchai
Music: Koichi Shimizu, Zsela, Aaron David Ross, Bonventure, Wuttipong Leetrakul, Note Panayanggool, Kawita Vatanajyankur, Jink Sridumrongruk, Praewa Chirapravati Na Ayudhya

Songs for dying was commissioned by the 13th Gwangju Biennale, Kunsthall Trondheim and Han Nefkens Foundation.

Korakrit Arunanondchai (born 1986 in Bangkok, Thailand) lives and works in New York and Bangkok. He received his BFA from RISD, Rhode Island, in 2009, and his MFA from Columbia University, New York, in 2012.
Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at MoMA PS1, New York; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Secession, Vienna; SMAK, Ghent; Kiasma, Helsinki; Museion, Bolzano; Kunsthall Trondheim, Norway; Serralves Museum, Porto; and UCCA, Beijing.

His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial, New York; Venice Biennale; Istanbul Biennial; Gropius Bau, Berlin; Kunstverein Hamburg; Kasseler Kunstverein; Baltic Triennial, Vilnius; Belgrade Biennal; Dhaka Art Summit; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Gwangju Biennial, South Korea; Benaki Museum, Athens; Berlin Biennial; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; ICA, London; and Sculpture Center, New York.

His solo exhibition, 3 Songs is currently on view at C L E A R I N G, New York. Later this year he will have a solo exhibition at Migros Museum, Zurich

Arunanondchai’s work belongs to the collections of Whitney Museum, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Tate Modern, London; S.M.A.K.,Ghent; Museion, Bolzano; Migros Museum, Zurich; Kiasma, Helsinki; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo; K11, Hong Kong/Shanghai/Beijing; Rubell Museum, Miami; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Zabludowicz Collection, London; Aishti Foundation, Beirut; and Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels.

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