20 October to 20 December 2014
Pratchaya Phinthong (b. 1974, Thailand) creates situations as an invitation made to the visitor to share an experience with him. His projects (without any specific or pre-defined form) suggest a crack in which the spectators are invited to fill the gaps. He builds a set, a fiction, or a process where he can test our perceptions. He proposes to his audience a story with multiple paths. A trip down memory lane combined with subjective perceptions. His projects are often constructed in a dialogue between the artist and the others, making the artist’s movement glide towards the social field. Beyond any artistic or formal experience, the artist is looking to find his place and his identity playing on the economic representations and cultural existences. The ‘gallery’ space becomes a free area. Therefore, Phinthong works in a dynamic area in between different realities underlining the space and distance that separates them: two geographical points, two societies, two economic systems.
Pratchaya Phinthong’s methodological process is an intense research period whereby he embeds himself within a community or through working with experts and interloculators. Travelling is a key element of his work. Phinthong presents the piece Untitled (Singapore) (2014), as part of research undertaken during his time on the NTU CCA Singapore Residencies Programme. The work explores the idea of airspace as monitored and ambiguous. The site of the NTU CCA Singapore Residencies studios is also the site of a former military camp built in 1935. Phinthong heard that airspace is a negotiated place of ownership between various nations. Singapore itself sought permission from neighbouring countries to use different airspaces and is home to one of the world’s most active airports. This permission is vital to the ongoing activity of Changi airport. An agreement in 2004 between the respective Singapore and Thai Governments was reached whereby seven used F-16 jet fighters from Singapore were given to the Thai Royal Air force, along with 15 years of military base training in Udon Thani, a north Thailand. Working with artist, Tanatchai Bandasak, Phinthong has been collecting images of these jets during their daily training practice.
Pratchaya Phinthong presents the piece Untitled (Singapore), 2014 as part of research undertaken on his time at NTU CCA Residencies. The work explores the idea of airspace as monitored and ambiguous. The work can be viewed from the rear exterior of Block 38, Malan Road.
Pratchaya Phinthong projects materialise in alternative ways according to the content of the research. His methodological process is an intense research by embedding himself within a community or through working with experts and interlocutors. Phinthong’s recent exhibitions include a solo presentation at gbagency, Paris (2012) and dOCUMENTA 13 (2012), Kassel.
The opening of Untitled (Singapore), 2014 will be held on Friday, 19 December at 7.00pm in conjunction with the closing of fellow Artist-in-Residence, Koh Nguang How‘s exhibition for Shui Tit Sing – 100 Years of an Artist through his Archives.