Richard Koh Fine Art
Blk 47 Malan Road,
#01-26 Gillman Barracks,
A Duo Exhibition by
Chatmongkol Insawang & Imhathai Suwatthanasilp
Curated by Nim Niyomsin
24 September – 15 October 2022
Richard Koh Fine Art (RKFA) is pleased to announce a group exhibition of two Thai artists; Imhathai Suwatthanasilp (b. 1981) and Chatmongkol Insawang (b. 1980). The exhibition is curated by Nim Niyomsin, titled Breathe, this exhibition is scheduled to run from 24 Sep – 15 Oct 2022 at Richard Koh Fine Art Singapore, Blk 47 Malan Road, #01-26 Gillman Barracks, Singapore 109444.
The atmosphere surrounding us, circulating through all life, is part of the ecosystem. In ancient Greek, the word for breath, Pneuma, also implies ‘spirit’ and ‘soul’. The human respiration system is significant since it connotes something both intimate and communal, revealing social and physical connections through the air we breathe.
Imhathai Suwatthanasilp weaves human hair into specific shapes. She also uses hair for mono-print and outlines on canvas. Her art is a reaction against the intense air pollution she faces in the North of Thailand. She explores the stubble burning problem and the underlying complex issues of the country’s political, economic, and social structures.
Death and sickness in his family started Chatmongkol Insawang’s fixation with life’s fragility. The body is a burden, a shell whose existence relies on air circulation. Induced by the large-scale destruction of the pandemic, his attention expanded from his life to society and the interrelationships within.
Suwatthanasilp and Insawang tackle the deeper relationship between people and their environments. Everything and everyone are interconnected. Works in this exhibition result from personal and painstaking processes. Every breath and movement while working requires high concentration. Respiration not only appears in the subject matter but also underlies the artists’ practices, their physical and psychological states linger in the art.
2 Thai Artists:
Chatmongkol Insawang Imhathai Suwatthanasilp
Founded in 2005, with spaces in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bangkok, Richard Koh Fine Art is committed to the promotion of Southeast Asian contemporary art on regional and international platforms. Centred around a core belief in developing an artist’s career, the gallery looks to identify understated, albeit promising practices, and providing it opportunities to flourish. Through its regular exhibition cycles, print & digital publications and cross-border gallery collaborations, Richard Koh Fine Art engages the art community with the aim of developing regional and intercultural dialogue.
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