In reflecting on the rapid social, economic and political changes that have affected Thailand since the 1990s, Sutee Kunavichayanont’s art works have employed a wide variety of elements. These range from inflatable latex creatures in the shapes of the national symbols of the tiger, buffalo and elephant, which viewers blow and inflate, to intricately carved wooden desks in a school room, inscribed with images and symbols that reflect Thai history and culture.
Audience participation is central to the construction of meaning in his sculptures and installation works, as is the questioning of beliefs and value systems. Many of his works reference local and rural crafts or traditions to engage the viewer in a playful ironic probing of history and truth.
Since 1986, Sutee Kunavichayanot has exhibited widely in Thailand, Korea, Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the United States. Major exhibitions include a solo show at Tonson Gallery, Bangkok, in 2005; ‘Glocal Scents of Thailand’, Stockholm, in 2000; and ‘Next Move, Contemporary Art from Thailand’, Singapore, in 2003. He is currently teaching in the Art Theory Department at Silpakorn University, Bangkok.
Gallery 1.3, GoMA / Gallery 1.4, GoMA (Kids' APT)
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