2019 QAGOMA Foundation Appeal

Pannaphan Yodmanee
In the aftermath 2018

We sincerely thank all those who contributed to the 2019 QAGOMA Foundation Appeal to support the acquisition of Thai artist Pannaphan Yodmanee’s extraordinary work In the aftermath 2018, commissioned for ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’. Your support has ensured that this magnificent work will be enjoyed by Gallery visitors for many years to come.

From the age of ten, Pannaphan Yodmanee learnt traditional painting techniques at her local Buddhist temple. She now draws on Buddhist cosmology to create site-specific installations that resemble both the details of murals in the ruins of old temples and the remains of demolished urban sites. Architectural settings are constructed using building materials, including slabs of concrete, exposed iron structures and walls primed with concrete and rocks, into which Yodmanee places objects and paints detailed imagery.

Within this raw built environment, Yodmanee delicately paints scenes depicting historical events in South-East Asia, including conquests and battles, as well as journeys across land and sea, applied with gold leaf and using the vivid blues of Buddhist painting. The work also features handmade sculptures and icons. For her work for APT9, the artist has created thoughtful connections to local history. Yodmanee is particularly interested in the roles that faith and religion play in our lives — their capacity to foster peace and happiness, and to be implicated in conflict and violence.

Pannaphan Yodmanee / In the aftermath (installation view) 2018

Pannaphan Yodmanee / Thailand b.1988 / In the aftermath (detail) 2018 / Found objects, artist-made icons, plaster, resin, concrete, steel, pigment / Commissioned for APT9 / Purchased with funds from the 2019 Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation Appeal and Cathryn Mittelheuser AM / Photograph: Natasha Harth