MUSEUM OF KIRATI
Chulayarnnon Siriphol
19.11.2017 - 21.01.2018

Museum of Kirati is a solo exhibition by Chulayarnnon Siriphol. This multidisciplinary show, inspired by the novel Behind the Painting (1937) by Sri Burapha, acts as a museum of remembrance dedicated to Mom Ratchawong Kirati, the star cross lover of Nopphon, the novel’s protagonist. Nopphon, a Thai scholarship student, falls in love with Mom Ratchawong Kirati, a married noblewoman, during the latter’s first visit to Japan with her husband. The two are torn apart by their differing age and class, with their love ending in the tragic untimely death of Mom Ratchawong Kirati in a post-revolution Thailand. As Nopphon, Siriphol transforms the gallery space into a memory palace, filled with various images of the gentlewoman in her youth. Here, this forbidden love story is told through a collection of artworks, including moving images, watercolor paintings and sculpture. Though the debut of Museum of Kirati and its source material stands 71 years apart, with the original novel being published after the end of the absolute monarchy in Thailand, Siriphol is still able to create a connection between the two eras through his re-imagination of this beloved classic.

Chulayarnnon Siriphol (b.1986, Bangkok) is interested in exploring new possibilities within creating moving images, he works between the role of a filmmaker and an artist, using video as a medium. His work ranges from short films, experimental films, documentaries to video installations. Siriphol first exhibited his version of Behind the Painting in MEDIA/ART KITCHEN: The Politics of Humor and Play, a group exhibition at Aomori Contemporary Art Center in 2014, where he was on an artist in residence program. MUSEUM OF KIRATI is the latest solo show from Siriphol inspired by the novel.