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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See 20 Sep 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

London's galleries and museums are gearing up for a lively October, with Frieze London and Frieze Masters running between 3 and 6 October 2019 at Regent's Park, along with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, taking place across the same dates at Somerset House; and the tenth anniversary of the Sunday Art Fair, showcasing new and emerging artists...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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Kamin Lertchaiprasert

b. 1964, Thailand

Kamin Lertchaiprasert was born in 1964, in Lop Buri, Thailand. He completed a BFA in printmaking at Silpakorn University, Bangkok, and earned the institution’s Young Artist of the Year award in 1987. That year, he moved to New York, and from 1989 to 1990, attended the city’s Art Students League. During a visit to Bangkok in 1990, he became, briefly, a Buddhist monk, and remains a committed Buddhist to this day. Lertchaiprasert returned to live in Bangkok in 1992 and moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand, in 1996. Two years later, he co-founded, with Rirkrit Tiravanija, the land project (now the land foundation). This involved the conversion of rice fields into a destination for site-specific art and architectural projects, creative residencies, and agricultural and artisanal workshops. Lertchaiprasert’s interest in collaborative art led to the establishment of the 31st Century Museum of Contemporary Spirit in 2008—an initiative inspired by his participation in the “Stimulating Cities with Art” symposium at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan. The 31st Century Museum has since materialized in various forms in Chiang Mai (as a temporary structure made of refurbished shipping containers in 2010), Chicago (as a workshop and exhibition at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011), and Japan (as a book project for the Niigata Art Festival in 2012).

For Lertchaiprasert, art is a ritualistic practice aimed at the achievement of a greater understanding of oneself, nature, and the world as a whole. In his early work Time and Experience (1990), the artist made a painting and a print every day for a year. He applied paint directly with his hands onto each canvas to make the paintings, wiping the excess onto his feet, which he then used to make the prints. In his installation of the 730 objects, viewers are allowed to walk on the paintings, which are laid on the floor in a checkerboard pattern (the “footprints” hang on the wall). Subsequent series also comprise objects made daily over the course of a year. Problem–Wisdom (1993–95), another diaristic work, is composed of 366 small papier-mâché sculptures, and was begun on the artist’s birthday. During the first year of its making, Lertchaipraset read the newspaper every day, clipping articles that were especially significant to him and preparing the remainder to be made into papier-mâché. In the second year, he made the sculptures, one a day, while pondering the issues he encountered in the news, and inscribed the forms in Thai script with phrases addressing those issues. The work, arranged atop a cloth on the floor, was exhibited in the 2nd Asia Pacific Triennial at the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia (1996), and was also acquired by that museum. Lertchaiprasert’s meditative practice engages with matters both spiritual and earthly.

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Featured Artworks

Freedom beyond Time by Kamin  Lertchaiprasert contemporary artwork
Kamin LertchaiprasertFreedom beyond Time, 2017 Acrylic on canvas
195 x 150 cm
Chan + Hori Contemporary
Beond Duality by Kamin  Lertchaiprasert contemporary artwork
Kamin LertchaiprasertBeond Duality, 2015 Acrylic on canvas
215 x 260 cm
Chan + Hori Contemporary
The Ground by Kamin  Lertchaiprasert contemporary artwork
Kamin LertchaiprasertThe Ground, 2000–2018 Papier-mâché, steel, glass, polycarbonate
700 x 430 x 240 cm
Chan + Hori Contemporary
Sitting by Kamin  Lertchaiprasert contemporary artwork
Kamin LertchaiprasertSitting, 2004 Installation with 366 carved wooden sculptures
Variable dimensions
Not For Sale
Singapore Art Museum
Impermanent (Anijja) by Kamin  Lertchaiprasert contemporary artwork
Kamin LertchaiprasertImpermanent (Anijja), 2010–2012 Wood
172 x 36 x 30 cm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Kamin  Lertchaiprasert, "                                 " at Chan + Hori Contemporary, Singapore
28 July–23 September 2018 Kamin Lertchaiprasert " " Chan + Hori Contemporary, Singapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Anthropos at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
4 September–4 October 2014 Group Exhibition Anthropos Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Chelsea, New York

Represented By

In Ocula Magazine

S. Alice Mong Ocula Conversation S. Alice Mong Executive Director, Asia Society, Hong Kong

S. Alice Mong became the Executive Director of Asia Society Hong Kong Center in 2012. Prior to joining the Asia Society, Ms Mong worked for almost a decade in New York, where as Director of the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) she was responsible for transforming MOCA from a New York Chinatown institution to a leading national museum. Ms Mong...

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June Yap Ocula Conversation June Yap Curator, Guggenheim UBS Map Global Initiative, Singapore

Launched in April 2012, the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative charts contemporary art in South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia is the Initiative’s inaugural exhibition. Initially shown in New York, (22 February–22 May 2013), the...

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In Related Press

Thai artist Kamin Lertchaiprasert on the BKK metro Related Press Thai artist Kamin Lertchaiprasert on the BKK metro Art Radar : 11 September 2017

Lertchaiprasert was first approached about this project in December 2016 by Pranitan "Pete" Phornprapha, co-founder of Thai arts, music and environmental festival Wonderfruit. Lertchaiprasert and Phornprapha developed the idea of creating a moving art installation that would reach the Thai community in an accessible, free and easy manner....

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'After Utopia' at Singapore Art Museum Related Press 'After Utopia' at Singapore Art Museum Today Singapore : 4 May 2015

In 1516, the philosopher Thomas More coined the word “utopia” to describe an idealised society living on an island. He could not have predicted that, nearly half a millennium later, there would be an actual island state that some circles consider the epitome of his imagined community.Singapore’s status as a kind of poster...

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Palais de Tokyo's Secret Archipelago of Southeast Asian Art Related Press Palais de Tokyo's Secret Archipelago of Southeast Asian Art Blouin ArtInfo : 16 April 2015

Paris’s Palais de Tokyo is hosting a major exhibition of South-East Asian art as part of the Singapour en France – le festival which celebrates 50 years of Singapore-France diplomatic relations and Singapore's Golden Jubilee. Titled “Secret Archipelago,” the exhibition is curated by Khairuddin Hori and is at the Palais...

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