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Viriya Chotpanyavisut, Late summer in Bangkok, 2016. Video installation, 23 × 39 cm. Courtesy of the artist

Viriya Chotpanyavisut

Thailand, b. 1982

Viriya Chotpanyavisut’s video Late Summer in Bangkok was filmed at the end of April 2016, on the hottest recorded day in Thailand that year. The meteorology department reported a record temperature of 44.6 degrees Celcius. The high temperatures caused series of unusually heavy storms – a great lightning storm filled the Bangkok sky. This film documented the storm from Chao Phraya River, which is often seen as the link between the city and nature, between the urban and rural. At one point, in contrast to the glittering lights of the neoliberal corporate skyline of the city, the shadow of a fisherman is seen; his impoverished reality is apparent. The work depicts people who are struggling to live while the raw, uncontrollable power of nature makes life even more difficult. The video highlights the interrelationships and constraints between man and nature that exist today.

Viriya Chotpanyavisut (b. 1982, Thailand) is a photographer and filmmaker whose work has been exhibited as part of international festivals and exhibitions including: Le divan des murmures, FRAC Auvergne, France (2017); Thailand Eye, Saatchi Gallery, London (2015); Mystère et boule de gomme, Maison des Arts Georges and Claude Pompidou, Cajarc, France (2013); Copenhagen Photo Festival and Rendez-Vous 12, South African National Gallery, Cape Town (2012); 63rd Salon du Montrouge, France, and Rendez-Vous 11, L’Institut d’Art Contemporain de Villeurbanne, as part of Biennale d’art de Lyon, France (2011); and Voies Off, Arles, France (2010). Solo shows include Unnoticed Light, Schemata Gallery, Bangkok (2016); Urban Microscope and Quelque phares lunaire, Galerie de Multiple, Paris (2012/14).

(Text: 38th EVA International catalogue)


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