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Korakrit Arunanondchai

September 18, 2021 to January 9, 2022

The Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst will host the artist Korakrit Arunanondchai’s (b. Bangkok, 1986) first solo exhibition at a Swiss institution. With video works, expansive installations, painting, and performance, Arunanondchai unfolds narratives that are at their core devoted to social relationships and community as well as the construction of cultural narratives and memory. At the same time, references to Thailand, pop culture, and globalization play central roles in the artist’s work. In a kaleidoscopic manner, associations, events, and places flow into one, creating a narrative stream characterized by dense atmospheres. In an ever speculative and associative quest for meaningful connections, Arunanondchai’s practice interweaves cultural perspectives and explores the entanglement of human and non-human forms of life as well as the potential of synthesizing fields such as spirituality and technology or Western and Eastern philosophies.

A newly commissioned video installation, sculptures, and paintings will be on view at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst. In his characteristic approach, Arunanondchai continues to integrate different subjects into a large vibrant whole that is more than the sum of its parts. In this way, the artist reflects on recent experiences in his own family environment while also addressing current social and political conflicts in Thailand. With regard to cultures of memory, the works further examine the significance of animistic and shamanistic practices for the present, harnessing the narrative potential inherent in the mythological production of meaning, which Arunanondchai also adopts to counter a linear understanding of time. The immersive exhibition spawns a cosmos of meanings that invites us to reflect on life’s complexities—its energies, errancies, and unpredictabilities—and challenges the flexibility of our thinking with countless ramifications.

Curated by Heike Munder (director, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst), the exhibition is co-produced with Kunstverein in Hamburg. A catalogue will be co-published by the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, the Kunstverein in Hamburg, and the Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto with essays by May Adadol Ingawanij, Chrissie Iles, and Diane Severin Nguyen.

Korakrit Arunanondchai lives and works in New York and Bangkok. Current and upcoming solo exhibitions and biennial participations include shows at the Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto (2020), the Gwangju Biennial (2021), Kunsthall Trondheim (2021), and Kunstverein in Hamburg (2021). His work has been presented at numerous institutions and festivals, with recent presentations at the Yokohama Triennial (2020), the Venice Biennale (2019), the Whitney Biennial (2019), the Secession, Vienna (2019), and Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel (2018).