Artist sees value in questioning capitalism

Artwork by Piyarat Piyapongwiwat. (Photo courtesy of Gallery Ver)

"Where Do We Go From Here?" is a long-standing question asked by Piyarat Piyapongwiwat and also the title of her first solo exhibition in Bangkok, which is running at Gallery Ver on Narathiwat Ratchanakharin 22, until June 6.

On display are photographs, paintings, drawings, etchings and a video installation that touches on the human-world relationships that are being threatened by the palpable domination of uncontested capitalism and free markets beyond geographical and political boundaries.

Then, emerge several notions and questions that centre solely around how we could and should rest ourselves, assured in prolonging our own privilege as human beings in this new world order. However, the real question being neglected is "Do we leave anyone else and other entities behind from the locomotive of escaping this crisis?".

This show is an extension to her "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos Or Community?" exhibition in 2013 that investigated how capitalism performed in local special economic zones. Her question remains unsolved and that's why her new exhibition continues to comprehend the mode of production in capitalism to a broader landscape as well as looking for a way out.

As a centrepiece of the show, her video installation visualises the conflicts between cultural and political institutions, scientific infrastructures and global ecosystems through juxtapositions of footage found in the online network and her newly filmed footage, as well as her own narrative.

Due to the Covid-19 situation, the exhibition is open by appointment only.


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