Tanatchai Bandasak —Residencies |  NTU CCA Singapore
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Committed to supporting artists, curators, and researchers by offering them time and space to pursue their research without the pressure of deadlines and production commitments, the Residencies Programme values the open-ended nature of artistic research and embraces multiform expressions of creative enquiry. Aiming to facilitate the production of knowledge, this studio-based programme is dedicated to established and emerging artists and serves as platform for critical exchange in Southeast Asia. The Residencies Programme offers a wide spectrum of programmes aimed at sharing the process of artistic research with the public - Residencies OPEN / Studio Sessions / Insights, which range from open studios, artists’ talks, conversations, performances, and screenings. The Residencies Programme unfolds through annual cycles and runs by nomination only. Every year, a rotating pool of curators and arts professionals from all over the world is invited to nominate two artists for the residency. The nominated artists are subsequently invited to submit a research proposal along with their portfolio and CV. Ultimately, the Residencies Committee, an international panel of experts, reviews the submitted materials and designates the artists who are awarded the residency.

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Tanatchai Bandasak

Residency period

1 April – 1 July 2019

About

Tanatchai Bandasak (b. 1984, Thailand) is a visual artist whose practice spans a variety of mediums including video, photography, and installation. Often drawing on his interests in light, living matter, habitat, and geology, his works interrogate the nature of existence and the substance of things to deepen our perception of the world. Recent exhibitions include Appearing Unannounced, Rirkrit Tiravanija’s studio, Tambon Nam-bo-luang, Chiang Mai, Thailand (2018). Tanatchai has also produced several moving-image works which have been screened at international film festivals such the “Spectrum Shorts” section of the 41st International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands (2012) and Rencontres Internationales, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (2011.)

Focus

Throughout the residency, Tanatchai Bandasak will develop a project inspired by a specific trait of the Mekong Delta in southwest Vietnam. In this area, cycles of tides and floods accumulate layers upon layers of sediments turning the river delta in one of the most thriving agricultural land in the region. For the artist, the rich and porous stratification of the territory is reminiscent of the epithelium, the human or animal tissue that covers the outer surfaces of organs and bodies, a thin, protective, and nurturing border between the interior and the exterior where a constant exchange of substances takes place. Resorting to scientific research, onsite fieldwork, and the engagement of his own body, the artist aims to investigate the materiality and spatiality of this particular landscape through the sense of touch and to create a new work that can expand our sensorial and phenomenological understanding of the world.