After having explored the boundaries of the two-dimensional canvas, gradually moving her abstract shapes outside of the picture frame, Apichaya’s painterly language is now fully materialized in an architectural space. The geometrical shapes that characterized her painting’s formal language now seem to envelop the viewer completely as she moves around in a structure reminiscent of so-called rest houses that are frequently found in the landscape of a Thai rice field. The installation creates a meeting place between the community of spectators and the artist’s native community in Thailand, whose day-to-day life and activities are registered in a series of contemplative and still images. Complemented by live-stream footage of the village’s landscapes gradually awakening under the rising sun, the installation allows for a presentification of those rhythms, stories, customs and myths that govern this rural community. In these small and concrete encounters, new worlds unfold, worlds where we exist only in relation to others, where the personal opens a space for thought and experience, and where we find the promise of new communities, collectively imagined and temporarily fulfilled.
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Apichaya Wanthiang (b. 1987, Thailand). Graduated in 2012 with a MA in Fine Arts from Bergen Academy of Art and Design. Her practice consists mostly out of painting, installation and text. Her works have previously been shown in exhibitions such as From X into Minuses at Martin Van Blerk Galerie in Antwerp, Belgium (2009), Geography of A at Hordaland Kunstsenter in Bergen, Norway (2012) and A Ride Full of Traps at Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen Norway (2012). Recently she has curated the groupshow I Love Your Manners Full of Deceit at KNIPSU, Bergen Norway (2013). Concurrently she works part time at BEK, Bergen Center for Electronic Art and as a guest teacher at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design.
Talk by Esther Tuypens: On Thursday 10th of April at 8pm at USF
Esther Tuypens (b. 1988, Belgium) obtained a master degree in Theater and Film Studies (2011) and an advanced master degree in Theater Studies (2012) at the University of Antwerp. In October 2012 she became a research fellow for the Flanders Research Foundation (FWO), and is currently preparing a Ph.D. entitled Restoring Gestures: Exploring Aby Warburg’s Method for Theater Studies at the Research Center for Visual Poetics at UA. On the occasion of Without Waiting For Her Reply, she will give a short lecture on her research and its relation to the exhibition, followed by a group discussion with the artist and her collaborators.
BEK, Bergen Kommune and the Arts Council Norway generously supported this exhibition. Thanks to USF-visningsrommet.