Korakrit Arunanondchai
Korakrit Arunanondchai, Painting with history in a room filled with people with funny names 3, 2015, exhibition view Palais de Tokyo, Courtesy of Korakrit Arunanondchai, Clearing (New York) & Carlos/Ishikawa (London), Photo: Aurélien Mole

Korakrit Arunanondchai

September 13 – November 10, 2019

The artist and filmmaker Korakrit Arunanondchai works on one large body of work that focuses on the idea of a “living archive.” He is interested in relationships that pass through time and mutate with bodies of people, something that parallels the development of recorded history but sidesteps its linearity and single point of perspective in story-telling. Recently, he has used the method of overlaying the structural relationships that form animistic beliefs with those of the global information network. To Arunanondchai, animism, the oldest belief system in the world, which is very much alive today and has a strong presence outside of the western world, resembles the ways in which network technology is turning people into ghosts. The story of the near future becomes a version of a narrative from a far imagined past, and the dichotomy between spirituality and technology increasingly seems to fall apart into a spectrum of greyness that produces a multiple “shared present.” 

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Korakrit Arunanondchai was born in Bangkok in 1986 and lives and works in New York and Bangkok.