Spectral Reverberations: Jakrawal Nilthamrong, Tulapop Saenjaroen, Taiki Sakpisit, and Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Curated by Lauren Reid

February 20 – March 20, 2014

Press Release

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Chulayarnnon Siriphol

A Brief History of Memory, 2010

14:00 mins

A Brief History of Memory is dedicated to the people who died during the political crisis in Thailand. The effect of the crisis is presented by a voice of a mother who lost her son in April 2009 and overlaid with moving images of the Nang-Lerng community where she and her family lived.

The Nang-Lerng community survives through continuous changes, which cause many memorial imprints, one after another, memories that have been conveyed from one generation to another, memories that have been conveyed from those who went away before to those who are still here. Even though time has changed, these memories are still drifting and circling around.

As an outsider, being able to capture these memories and convey it as a film, is like capturing a brief history of memory and not just letting it slip as time is passing by. And also to mourn over those who passed away.

Text by Chulyarnnon Siriphol

 

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Tulapop Saenjaroen

The Return, 2008

5:04 min

The Return is an attempt by Tulapop Saenjaroen to recall his lost memories concerned with his father who passed away in 1991. The funeral photographs are overlaid with the voice of the artist performing as his dead father coming back to life.

Text by Tulapop Saenjaroen

 

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Jakrawal Nilthamrong

Zero Gravity, 2012

24:38 min

Zero Gravity is a work about the borderland between Thailand and Burma, and the borderland between fiction and truth, as well as past and present. Here, ‘gravity’ refers to the aftermath of violent events. Set in Ratchaburi, not far from Bangkok, the film follows a man on a journey into the history of the region. In 2000, Ratchaburi hospital was the site of a national incident, when the hospital was occupied and staff taken hostage by armed Karen guerrillas under the command of the ‘God’s Army’ from neighboring Burma, the leadership of which was attributed to two twelve-year-old twins. The ten occupying guerrillas were eventually killed by Thai forces, some apparently executed on the spot after surrendering. This incident raised awareness of the political situation in Burma and the war fought by the Karen people in southern Burma, and was credited with sparking today’s insurgency in southern Thailand.

Text by Jakrawal Nilthamrong


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Taiki Sakpisit

Whispering Ghosts, 2008

12:59 min

Whispering Ghosts presents a dreamscape of hallucinatory visions alongside scenes of mundane spaces that are typically in transition: a carpark, construction workers in a building, a streetlight at night, passengers on a train and hazy comings-and-goings. A wandering spirit cites poetry from A Season in Hell by Arthur Rimbaud and Bot Plaeng Khong Pisart by Naowarat Pongpaiboon. Through the teeming sounds of nature, night, wind and the witch’s whispering curses, each of these liminal places seem to be on the precipice of devolving into a nightmarish surreal abyss.

The artist specifically reflects on Thailand’s political turmoil during 2001-2006, hinting at the layers of trauma that go unseen in the day-to-day and the haunted histories that continue to reverberate despite the continuous passing of time.