Photography, Film and Editing by Kristian Bengtsson
Text by David Hellqvist
Creative Director: Cristopher Nying
Art Director: Tony Cederteg
Stylist: Bengt Tornefors
Hair: Åsa Pettersson (Sure Baby Yes)
Thai Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.
Arin Rungjang: Golden Teardrop
1 June – 24 November 2013, At Santa Croce, n° 556, 30135 Venezia, Italy
Arin Rungjang’s Golden Teardrop reassembles the disjunctive layers of private and public dialogues, heightening audience awareness of the conspiracies triggered by institutionalized domination versus individual limitation. The unfolding of individual dilemma and narrative incoherencies through fragmented anecdotes; result in the reciprocity of instant and persistent memories. Golden Teardrop embraces an oral history by a Japanese woman, the spouse of Arin’s colleague, the journey of a Greek adventurer who came to live in Siam (Thailand); and the story of Golden Teardrop, a dessert invented by a Portuguese nun. After journeying over the sea, it found its way to seventeenth century Ayutthaya and was recreated by a Catholic woman of Japanese-Portuguese-Bengali decent.
Arin Rungjang (b. 1975, Thailand) is based in Bangkok and graduated from Silpakorn University in 2001. In Arin's artistic practice, ready-made and daily household objects are deconstructed to reinterpret the poeticized space. His video and site-specific installations highlight the cryptic interrelations of: public and private spheres, space and memory, as well as space and its perceptible distance. Golden Teardrop by Arin reassembles fragmented layers of disseminated private and public dialogue.