UCCA Beijing

Korakrit Arunanondchai: Denim Painter


Location:  Auditorium
Language:  English with Chinese Translation

For his UCCA exhibition, Korakrit Arunanondchai collages fictive narratives with experiences taken from his family and artistic life, arranging them based on the interlocking themes of death, purgatory, and rebirth. In his work, he adopts denim—a fabric as universal as any in the world today—as a physical and symbolic means of intensifying these investigations.

Originally a staple of the working class wardrobe, which later became a universal sign of youth, the textile can be found across Arunanondchai's recent paintings, sculptures, videos, and performances. With these works he seeks to identify himself as the "denim painter," exploring the cyclical nature of memory and life, as well as his thinking on mortality, identity, and masculinity. Here Klaus Biesenbach (Director, MoMA PS1) and Venus Lau (Consulting Curator, UCCA) host a conversation with Korakrit Arunanondchai about his UCCA presentation.

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Klaus Biesenbach (Director, MoMA PS1)

Klaus Biesenbach (b. 1967, West Germany) is the current Director of MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York City and Chief Curator at Large at The Museum of Modern Art, New York City. He founded Kunst-Werke (KW) Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin in 1991, as well as the Berlin Biennale in 1996. Exhibitions organized and co-organized by Biesenbach at MoMA include "Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present" (2010) and "William Kentridge: Five Themes" (2010).

Korakrit Arunanondchai (Artist)

Korakrit Arunanondchai (b. 1986, Bangkok) lives and works in New York and Bangkok. He received his MFA at Columbia University in 2012. His solo exhibitions include "Performance at the Museum" (Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, 2014); "2557 (Painting with History in a Room Filled with Men with Funny Names 2) (with Korapat Arunanondchai)" (Carlos/Ishikawa, London, 2014); "Letters to Chantri 1: The lady at the door/The gift that keeps on giving (with Boychild)" (The Mistake Room, Los Angeles, 2014); "Korakrit Arunanondchai" (MoMA PS1, New York, 2014).

Venus Lau (Consulting Curator, UCCA)

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