2 February –31 March 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday 2 February 2012, 7pm
**Artist kindly asks your corporation to only wear black and white color when attending this opening reception**
WTF Gallery is pleased to announce the art installation “I'll never smile again” by Prapat Jiwarangsan. Newly graduated from the Royal College of Art, London, Prapat's work depicts the personal psychological confusion arising from Thailand’s political and social/class conflicts.
The exhibition is inspired by current tensions surrounding Thailand’s complex relationship with personal liberty and freedom of expression. The exhibition’s concept derives from Prapat’s experiences during his fine-art study in London, funded by the Thai Government. Through his obligatory relationship with, frequent visits to, and finally exhibition of his work in the historical spaces of the Office of Educational Affairs, Royal Embassy of Thailand in London, Prapat observes the extended meaning within the social and diplomatic protocol of the Thai elite in the past, conveyed by objects and images on the premises. Referring to the historical information he witnessed there, he forms linkage to the 2010 violence in Bangkok that created a reign of terror and confusion (particularly when viewed from outside his home country). As a result, Prapat conveys an acute sensitivity to politics and contemporary society in an ongoing conceptual engagement.
Searching for truth is not the objective of this show. What matters is critical discourse, inquiry, comparison, change of outlook, understanding matters which are beyond your prediction, and the value of being human, as well as subjects who are acclaimed as being above humans. The audiences are allowed the interpret their own understanding of the works from their perception of these arts that display the "truth" beneath its surface. All matters shown here ask you to consider whether you can still smile at these fictions.
Born in 1979, Prapat graduated with a Master of Fine Art from the Royal College of Art, London in 2011. He is currently working as artist and officer at Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, Ministry of Culture, Thailand. His work has been shown in Bangkok and London.
The exhibition comprises 10 works including photo collages, installations, video art and multimedia works created in 2010-2012. The exhibition is a continued version of his show at the Office of Educational Affairs, Royal Embassy of Thailand in London, titled "The Impossible Dream", incorporating the mutation of meaning in evolving contexts and new environments, and depicting the interaction between the human mind and artistic rendering of political meaning.
Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday, 4-10pm
WTF Café & Gallery
7 Sukhumvit Soi 51, Wattana, Klongton-Nua, Bangkok 10110
For further information please contact:
Somrak Sila – Managing Director
Tel: (66) 2 662 6246, (66) 89 926 5474