What is the distance between the birth and death of a human being? The question has dogged us for many centuries: what is at stake? Can we measure that distance in years or feelings or memories? And how?
"One capacity of art is to decrease the invisible gap among different people and persuade them to become aware of the value of life," says Kamin Lertchaiprasert, whose latest video arts and sculpture works feature in the exhibition "Non-being By Itself", on at Chulalongkorn University's Art Centre until Sunday.
Since his "Nirat-Thailand" exhibition in 1996, Kamin has combined the two essences of art and human existence in his quest to comprehend life's meaning. He has showcased works which toyed with a mix of secularism and religion, like the "Panha-Panya" (Problem-Wisdom) and "Tummada-Thammachad" (Common-Natural) exhibitions. Last year, Kamin's cryptically titled Lord Buddha said, "If you see dhamma, you see me" was part of the "Thai Transience" exhibition Professor Apinan Poshyananda curated at the Singapore Art Museum. In that work, he used Thai banknotes to sculpt papier-mache Buddha statues.
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