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Paphonsak La-or

b. 1981, Nontaburi, Thailand
Lives and works in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Far from Home (Meeting Place), 2019

Acrylic on canvas (121 paintings and outdoor painting), and acrylic paint on wires
Various dimensions (34.5 x 44.5 cm each; 213 x 360 cm); installation dimensions variable
Collection of the Artist

Far from Home (Meeting Place) is exhibited at National Gallery Singapore, Gillman Barracks and National Library plaza. 

Far from Home (Meeting Place) is inspired by ‘Kraibaan,’ a journal written by King Chulalongkorn of Siam in 1907. Fascinated with the journal’s photographs of European landscapes, Paphonsak created, for SB2019, 121 picturesque landscape paintings based on photographs of countries where a number of Thai and other Southeast Asian individuals reside due to political reasons. The landscape paintings are accompanied by an outdoor painting of an anonymous person, created by superimposing the portraits of the 121 individuals. The work also comprises vine flowers made from leftover paint from the outdoor painting at Gillman Barracks; they are also installed at the National Library plaza as a site-specific installation. The project attempts to sustain the presence of those individuals and keep them from fading away.

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Paphonsak La-or (b. 1981, Nontaburi, Thailand) creates works that often engage with the ongoing social and political conflict in Thai society and beyond. Painting and its characteristics remain core in his practice, even with the expansion of his visual language to installation. Paphonsak’s works have been shown in exhibitions such as the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Brisbane, 2015); ‘Concept Context Contestation: Art and the Collective in Southeast Asia’ at Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre (Thailand, 2013) and ‘Tropical Night: Lost in the Paradise’ at Palais de Tokyo (France, 2006). He lives and works in Chiang Mai, Thailand.