Presented as part of Arin Rungjang's solo exhibition
, the work exhibited in Blk 7 is a ten-screen video installation, Shooting an Elephant and The Leader
, first shown in Shanghai Biennale 2018. The work traces back both personal narrative and social history crossing different time periods, cultures, and languages. The artist sheds light on the memories of two people who lived in Myanmar at distinct times, taking references from George Orwell's famous essay "Shooting and Elephant", as well as the accounts of Watuze Ali, a man of Bengali descent born in Myanmar. With the inclusion of a culturally specific song sung in a male voice and the transcription of a monologue, the work unveils layers of hidden realities from personal memories.
Arin Rungjang (born 1975, Bangkok; lives and works in Bangkok) is known for deftly revisiting historical material, overlapping major and minor narratives across multiple times, places, and languages. His interest lies in lesser-known aspects of Thai history and their intersection with the present in the sites and contexts of his practice. Objects, which can draw together distant events across time and space, are central to his investigations. He has a practice that spans different media and often involves video and site-specific installation. In his exploration of history and everyday life experiences he deftly dissects material and revisits master-narratives through the agency of the small event.
Recent exhibitions include “Bengawan Solo”, Portikus, Germany (2018), “SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now”, Mori Art Museum and The National Art Center, Japan (2017), “Documenta 14”, Kassel, Germany and Athens, Greece (2017), “Mongkut”, Satellite 8 Programme, Maison d’Art Bernard Anthonioz, Paris and CAPC Musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux, France (2015), “APB Foundation Signature Art Prize”, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2014), “Golden Teardrop”, representing Thailand at the 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2013). He has participated in the “12th Shanghai Biennale: Proregress”, Shanghai, China (2018), “Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2018”, Japan, “JIWA: Jakarta Biennale 2017”, Indonesia.