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“To be an artist is … just like shit in a clogged toilet, stubborn shit that can’t decide whether it wants to be flushed or to stick around” writes acclaimed artist Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook. Composed as an irreverent dialogue between masculine and feminine narrators, this book of essays is an uncategorisable fusion of art criticism, feminist theory, art pedagogy, gossip and autofiction. It is also an invaluable insider account of Southeast Asia’s contemporary artists being catapulted into international circuits since the 1990s. Araya’s provocative prose is lyrically translated from Thai for the first time by Kong Rithdee, one of Thailand’s most influential cultural critics.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title pages
  2. pp. i-xii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. xiii-xv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Note on the Text
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 5-20
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  1. Male Ego, Female Superego
  2. pp. 21-34
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  1. An Artist's Insecurity
  2. pp. 35-49
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  1. Personal Society
  2. pp. 50-64
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  1. Oh Frustration
  2. pp. 65-80
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  1. Stars, Water and Ageing
  2. pp. 81-95
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  1. Love Your Rules
  2. pp. 96-107
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  1. Joy
  2. pp. 108-122
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  1. Melancholic Joy
  2. pp. 123-149
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  1. Mother's Hand
  2. pp. 150-161
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  1. The National Exhibition of Art
  2. pp. 162-175
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  1. From a Flicker\r\nto a Broken Dream
  2. pp. 176-187
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  1. Art: Safe Space
  2. pp. 188-200
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  1. "Postmodern": A Stranger in the Village
  2. pp. 201-212
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  1. You, Artmakers, Are You Immune?
  2. pp. 213-228
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  1. Posing for Documenta 11
  2. pp. 229-241
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  1. Ooooh-Aaaah in Art, Towards the Art of Life
  2. pp. 242-254
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  1. The Culture of Art in a Distant Land
  2. pp. 255-269
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  1. Letters to the Lunatic
  2. pp. 270-282
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  1. The Gathering of Women Artists of the 20th and 21st Centuries
  2. pp. 283-295
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  1. Double Exposure
  2. pp. 296-309
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  1. Life in Nature, Nature in Art
  2. pp. 310-325
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  1. On the Question of Asianness: "Edge of the Earth" in Hangzhou
  2. pp. 326-338
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  1. From Fragments to Sum Total of the Artist's Body
  2. pp. 339-353
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  1. Confronting Art, Confronting Strangers
  2. pp. 354-368
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  1. Image and Word
  2. pp. 369-382
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  1. Dreams
  2. pp. 383-397
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  1. Time to Say Goodbye
  2. pp. 398-414
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  1. Translator's Note
  2. Kong Rithdee
  3. pp. 415-423
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  1. Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook: Between and Beyond (He and She)
  2. Chanon Kenji Praepipatmongkol and Roger Nelson
  3. pp. 424-468
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. 469-470
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 471-480
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  1. Copyright
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