Thailand is a nation already familiar with the term currency crisis after the devaluation of the baht during the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s, and with the government cutting its growth forecast for 2014 there’s a discernable air of deja vu in the media, so the timing of the Whitespace Gallery’s first ever regional group exhibition in Bangkok couldn’t be better, addressing as it does the power and ubiquitous nature of money. The exhibition, aptly-entitled ‘Currency Crisis’, bringing together local artists Latthapon Korkiatrakul, Pisitakun Kuntalang, and Pornprasert Yamazaki with Singaporeans Sai Hua Kuan and Green Zeng, as well as Burma native Moe Satt.What promises to be a hybrid of visual art, installations, video and performance, aims to reimagine money – what is essentially metal or paper – to establish its meaning, or lack thereof. For example, Korkiatrakul meticulously sandpapers each bank note until it becomes a blank sheet and presents its fine powder debris as a worthwhile remainder, while Kuntalang offers up for sale his artistic sketches of dollar bills in exchange for their same value in real cash, and Yamazaki slips a bank note between 2 glass jars, each holding a fighting fish, then re-draws a pictorially distorted note – using his own blood – on canvas, as if seen from the viewpoint of the fish. Pause for thought, indeed!
2 Nov-12 Jan 2014 / Whitespace Gallery / 1/7 Sala Daeng Soi 1 / Silom
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