Thai artist Arin Rungjang and Director of Curatorial, Programmes and Publications at the Singapore Art Museum, Dr June Yap, will discuss conditions in the nation’s post-colonial period of economic development and modernisation. Subject to precarious economic circumstances, many sought greener pastures abroad, where they also, unfortunately, encountered forms of discrimination. Drawing upon the experiences of the artist’s father, as a Thai migrant worker in Germany, Rungjang will connect familial histories with present-day observations.
Arin Rungjang (born 1975, Bangkok; lives and works in Bangkok) is known for deftly revisiting historical material, overlapping major and minor narratives across multiple times, places, and languages. His interest lies in lesser-known aspects of Thai history and their intersection with the present in the sites and contexts of his practice. Objects, which can draw together distant events across time and space, are central to his investigations. He has a practice that spans different media and often involves video and site-specific installation. In his exploration of history and everyday life experiences he deftly dissects material and revisits master-narratives through the agency of the small event.
Dr June Yap is Director of Curatorial, Programmes and Publications at the Singapore Art Museum, where she oversees content creation and museum programming. Her prior roles include Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator (South and Southeast Asia), Deputy Director and Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, and curator at the Singapore Art Museum. Amongst exhibitions she has curated are No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia as part of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, and The Cloud of Unknowing at the 54th Venice Biennale with artist Ho Tzu Nyen. She is the author of Retrospective: A Historiographical Aesthetic in Contemporary Singapore and Malaysia (2016).