A trail at the end of the world by Dusadee Huntrakul
A Trail at the End of the World by Dusadee Huntrakul
At Jim Thompson House Museum Garden
The Jim Thompson House Museum, in collaboration with Bangkok CityCity Gallery, invited Bangkok-based artist Dusadee Huntrakul to create works inspired by the museum’s unique art collection. In asking questions on how we can live with the “New Normal” in the midst of a global pandemic, Huntrakul has installed his site-specific bronze sculpture project, A Trail at the End of the World, around the tropical gardens of the Jim Thompson House Museum, inviting guests to experience other lives among us and beyond.
Inspired by Jim Thompson’s art collection, the architecture of the house and the Museum Garden, as well as Thompson’s mysterious disappearance while trekking in the Malaysian jungle in 1967, Huntrakul conjures up images of Thompson wandering along what he terms “the trail at the end of the world”. His other source of inspiration for this show is the book “The Mushroom at the End of the World; on the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins” by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, which creates connections between rare mushrooms, several marginalized communities, and the global capitalist network, amidst a global ecological catastrophe. The questions the artist raises resonate with our reality at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down. It forces us to stop, pause and think even as we fight against this deadly pandemic. The site-specific bronze sculptures represent monuments of thoughts and possibilities of implementing strategies and action in the present for a more plausible future.
About the artist:
Dusadee Huntrakul was born in Bangkok in 1978 and earned his MFA from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. His works, mainly sculpture, drawings and more recently ceramics, are at the intersection of visual arts, archaeology, ecology and natural sciences. His solo exhibitions include: They Talk, Bangkok CityCity Gallery, Bangkok (2019); There are Monsoon Songs everywhere, 100 Tonson Gallery, Bangkok (2018); To Dance is to be Everywhere, Chan + Hori Gallery, Singapore (2017). He has participated in international exhibitions, including Cosmopolitical Exercises with Joseph Beuys, K20 Museum, Dusseldorf, Germany (2021); Singapore Biennale, 2019; Every step is the right direction, Gillman Barracks, Singapore (2019); Sunshower: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2017); and Beneath the Moon, Palais De Tokyo, Paris (2014). Huntrakul currently lives and works in Bangkok.
This project is a collaboration between Jim Thompson House Museum, Jim Thompson Art Center and Bangkok CityCity Gallery, Bangkok, with the support of the James H.W. Thompson Foundation.
28 November 2021 - 28 February 2022
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