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    Orawan Arunrak, Exit - Entrance, 2017, exhibition view at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

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    Orawan Arunrak, Exit - Entrance, 2017, exhibition view at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

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    Orawan Arunrak, Exit - Entrance, 2017, exhibition view at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

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    Orawan Arunrak, Exit - Entrance, 2017, exhibition view at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

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    Orawan Arunrak in her studio, 2016, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

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Orawan Arunrak 2016/17

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In her works, the artist Orawan Arunrak (born 1985 in Bangkok, Thailand, where she lives and works) studies the relationship of objects and people to their different physical, sociopolitical and cultural contexts. Arunrak's multimedia installations result from precise observations of her environment and reflect the dialogue between the artist and the local communities in Thailand and on her travels through Southeast Asia and Europe. Many of her earlier works, such as "Come In" (2014), "My Godfather" (2014-2015), or "The Owner" (2015) contain objects, pictures, drawings and texts that encourage the viewer to study the exhibits, stories and references more closely. In her most recent installation "Exit - Entrance" (2017), the artist explores concepts of nationhood and nationality, combining visual and sound elements drawn from conversations held in Thai, German, English and Vietnamese. Orawan Arunrak sees her work as an experiments for the viewer, to try to hear, listen and see in ways that might develop mutual understanding for different ways of living.

Exhibition at Künstlerhaus Bethanien:

25 May to 18 June 2017 
Opening 24 May 2017, 7pm

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue: edited by Nicola Müllerschön and Christoph Tannert, Orawan Arunrak: Exit – Entrance includes an essay by Roger Nelson and an interview by Yvette Mutumba. Published by Verlag Kettler (Dortmund), 2017.
 

Education/Residencies:

2015 Sàn Art Laboratory, Session 6, Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh City
2014 Pisaot Experimental Arts Residency, Sa Sa Art Projects, Phnom Penh
2007 BFA (Printmaking), Department Of Fine Arts, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Bangkok

Selected solo exhibitions:

2016 Zones and Verbs, Cartel, Bangkok
2013 What Are They Doing Inside?, Speedy Grandma, Bangkok
2008 Brandnew: Supernoyz, Tadu Contemporary Art, Bangkok

Selected group exhibitions:

2016 Public Spirits, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warschau
2015 Rates of Exchange Un-Compared, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh
2014 Experimental Video Art Exhibition, Thai-European Friendship 2004-2014 (EVA project), Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok