1 April – 1 July 2019
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.)
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.