Whether it is art or not: Life & Work of Chavalit Soemprungsuk
Belle Promchanya, Piyakorn Chaiverapundech and Pat Laddaphan
Bangkok CityCity Gallery presents a screening of WHETHER IT IS ART OR NOT: LIFE & WORK OF CHVALIT SOEMPRUNGSUK, a documentary on the life of Amsterdam-based Thai artist Chavalit Soemprungsuk (1939) by designer Nuankhanit Promchanya. Alongside this is a publication WHETHER IT IS ART OR NOT: WORK OF CHAVALIT SOEMPRUNGSUK by Pat Laddapan and Piyakorn Chaiverapundech, which acts as a physical catalogue of works from the artist’s online archive. The film explores Soemprungsuk’s personal lifelong dilemmas; of being part of two cultures, the dedication to the art and the constraint of living in the society, the choice between fame and solitary, and the blurring boundaries between physical and digital realities. This event forms part of a wider project from the 3 young designers which pays tribute to Soemprungsuk.