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  • Featured Artist: Piyarat Piyapongwiwat
  • Piyarat Piyapongwiwat (bio)

Examples of Piyarat Piyapongwiwat’s work from her 2016 Mute Conversations project are featured in this issue, including the cover image.

Artist Biography

Piyarat Piyapongwiwat (born 1977 in Phrae, Thailand) is a multidisciplinary artist who works with various media including video, photography, text, sound, mixed media, and installation. Her work typically reflects her experiences, including the questioning of contemporary issues such as gender, notion of margin, cultural change, and globalization. Her artistic research is informed by theories of social science, anthropology, and philosophy.

Piyapongwiwat holds a BA from RMIT University, Australia, and a BFA from Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Montpellier Agglomération, [End Page 289] France. She has presented works locally and internationally, and she currently lives and works in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Recent Group Exhibitions

DIASPORA: Exit, Exile, Exodus of Southeast Asia, curated by Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani, March 3, 2018–March 3, 2019, at MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai, Thailand (http://www.maiiam.com/exhibition/diaspora-exit-exile-exodus-of-southeast-asia/).

Facing Phantom Borders, The 12th Gwangju Biennale: Imagined Borders, curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong, September 7–November 11, 2018, in Gwangju, South Korea (https://www.gwangjubiennale.org/en/index.do?sellan=en).

Learn more about the artist’s work and upcoming exhibitions at http://www.piyaratpiyapongwiwat.com.

The “Mute Conversations” Project

2016. Video (12:04 minutes, 16:9, silent), photographs, dimensions variable.

The project Mute Conversations (2016) was executed and presented in Yokohama, Japan, where Piyapongwiwat spent two months as an artist at the Koganecho Bazaar 2016 Artist-in-Residence Program.

She did interview-based fieldwork in the Thai community of Wakabacho, Yokohama, where conversations with Thai people who had migrated to Yokohama were video recorded and then transcribed. In the end, various stories and emotions, along with other matters such as lives, hopes, dreams, were narrated through individually expressed messages. These stories were then presented in a series of messages that were projected on walls, building facades, and other locations in Yokohama’s urban areas where large numbers of people pass by. [End Page 290]


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Figure 1.

Piyarat Piyapongwiwat. Mute Conversations (2016), still photograph.

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Piyarat Piyapongwiwat. Mute Conversations (2016), still photograph.

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Figure 3.

Piyarat Piyapongwiwat. Mute Conversations (2016), still photograph.

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Figure 4.

Mute Conversations (2016), still photograph.

Photo courtesy of Piyarat Piyapongwiwat.

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Figure 5.

Mute Conversations (2016), still photograph.

Photo courtesy of Piyarat Piyapongwiwat.

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Figure 6.

Mute Conversations (2016), still photograph.

Photo courtesy of Piyarat Piyapongwiwat.

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Piyarat Piyapongwiwat

Piyarat Piyapongwiwat is a multidisciplinary artist who works with various media, including video, photography, text, sound, mixed media, and installation. Her work usually reflects her surrounding experiences, including the questioning of contemporary issues such as gender, notion of margin, cultural change, and globalization. Her artistic research is informed by theories of social science, anthropology, and philosophy. She holds a BA from RMIT University in Australia and a BFA from Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Montpellier Agglomération in France. She has presented works locally and internationally and currently lives and works in Chiang Mai.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-8271
Print ISSN
1067-9847
Pages
pp. 289-296
Launched on MUSE
2019-05-31
Open Access
No
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