Statement of the artist for the «Postcard Project» of the House of World Cultures
"How can one find appropriate balance between art, cultural living and natural life in a mixed line of humanbeing?"
Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, 2007
Born in 1957 in Trad, Thailand, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook is thought by many to be Thailand´s most notable visual artist. Her works are about the relationship between cultural pressures on the one hand and the yearning for individuality and personal experience on the other, as well as about the reflection of this relationship by society. They are also about the loneliness of dying. Many of them focus on women and their roles, identities and experiences, and they appear in various media like video installations, watercolours, photographs, texts, prints and sculptures.
Rasdjarmrearnsook has two art diplomas. In 1986 she rounded off her studies of graphics at Sipakorn University in Bangkok with a B.F.A. then in 1990 she was awarded a diploma in the visual arts in Braunschweig, Germany. She was sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation as well as being a master student at the College of Visual Arts.
Since the 1990s her works have appeared in group and solo exhibitions, as in the National Gallery in Bangkok and in galleries in Japan, Korea, Poland, Taiwan, Germany, South Africa, the USA, Sweden and Slovenia. They have also appeared in big international art exhibitions like the first Asia-Pacific Triennial in Brisbane, Australia, at the Sydney Biennial in 1996 and at the Biennial in Johannesburg in 1995. In 2006 Rasdjarnrearnsook took part in the 51st Venice Biennial. She is one of the few artists in Thailand whose works have been shown internationally.
She has won various awards like the gold and silver medals in the field of graphics at the 26th, 28th, 30th, 31st and 33rd National Exhibition of Arts in Bangkok. She also won prizes at the Contemporary Art Competition in Bangkok in 1980, 1987 and 1990.
Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook lives and works in Chiang Mai, where she has been teaching at the university since 1987.
Author: Haus der Kulturen der Welt
Geboren in Trad/ Thailand
M.F.A. der Grafischen Kunst, Silpakorn University, Bangkok
Kunstlektorin der Faculty of Fine Art, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai /Thailand
Stipendiatin des Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdiensts (DAAD)
Diplom für Bildende Künste, Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Braunschweig
Stipendiatin der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
Meisterschülerin, Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Braunschweig
Solo Exhibitions (Selection)
Exhibition / Installation
Printmaking, Atelier Forsthaus, Gifhorn, Germany
Printmaking, Vereins - und Westbank, Hannover, Germany
Drawing, Atelier Forsthaus, Gifhorn, Germany
Stories in Room, The National Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
Water is Naver Still, The National Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
Lustful of Attachment, The National Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
Lament of Desire, ArtPace, San Antonio, USA
Lament of Desire, Faculty of Fine Art Gallery, Chiang Mai, Thailand
At Nightfall Candles are Lighted, Faculty of Fine Art Gallery, Chiang Mai, Thailand
At Nightfall Candles are Lighted, Art Gallery of Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
Why is it poetry rather than awareness?, The National Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
Lament, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
Great Times Message: Storytellers of the Town, video installation, 100 Tonson Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
International Group Exhibitions (Selection)
Exhibition / Installation
20th International Biennial Exhibition of Graphic Art, Ljubljana, Yugoslawien
The 1st Asia - Pacific Triennial Exhibition, Brisbane, Australia
Visions of Happiness, Tokyo, Japan
The 1st Johannesburg Biennale, Johannesburg, South Africa
The 10th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Traditions/Tensions, New York, USA
Lament of Desire, Collaboration with Elison, Perth, Australia
Glocal Scents of Thailand, Edsvik, Sollentuna, Sweden
Unfolding Perspectives", ARS 01, Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
EV+A 2002, Limerick, Ireland
Time After Time, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA
Subverted Boundaries, Sculpture Square, Singapore
Poetic Justice, the 8th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
Diyarbakir Video Exhibition, Diyarbakir Arts Center, Diyarbakir, Turkey
The 51st International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.
(01 March 07 - 31 December 08)