Museum Of Kirati
11.11.2017 - 21.01.2018
Museum of Kirati is dedicated to Mom Ratchawong Kirati, the short-lived lover of Sri Burapha’s Behind the Painting’s protagonist, Nopphon. The two are torn apart by their differing age and class, with their love ultimately ending in tragedy. As Nopphon, Chulayarnnon Siriphol transforms the gallery space into a memory palace, bringing Mom Ratchawong Kirati back to life as she lives on through the museum and the belief of its visitors. The guests of the museum are suspended in the chasm between fiction and reality, where their willingness to consume and cooperate with the fictional narrative fed to them by Siriphol is tested and challenged. The space simultaneously becomes a set for Forget Me Not, the epilogue to Siriphol’s Behind the Painting film being screened in the museum. Though the debut of Museum of Kirati and its source material stands 80 years apart, with the original novel being published after the end of Thailand’s absolute monarchy, Siriphol is still able to draw comparisons between the two eras through his re-imagination of this beloved classic.
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 exhibition is a continuation of Siriphol’s body of work inspired by the novel.
b, 1986, Bangkok, Thailand
Lives and works in Bangkok
A filmmaker and visual artist, who works in short film, experimental film, documentary and video installation which are in-between personal memory and social memory, documentary and fiction, reality and supernatural. He has produced a wide range of artworks revolving around Thai context, crafted by his unconventional style of storytelling, keen observation, and humor. His work applies sensible vocabularies of everyday which Thai audiences find easy to connect with, while the work is able to deliver a strong critique of existing problems in the Thai context.