A Brief History of Memory (Thailand)

A Brief History of Memory draws together four Thai experimental filmmakers who use spirituality and metaphor to deal with the complexity of personal, historical and political ordeals on the people of Thailand. They speak of personal loss, civil unrest and a conflicting sense of national identity.

Nontawat Numbenchapol, Gaze and Hear, 2011. HD video, colour, stereo, 10 min. Courtesy of the artist

Organizers: National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA) 
Venue: Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), 17, Ermolaevsky Pereulok 
Dates: June 25 – August 10, 2014


Their films blur the distinctions between fiction and fact, crossing time and defying physics to grapple with emotions and events beyond easy articulation. Tulapop Saenjaroen brings the dead back to life, with the artist speaking from the perspective of his deceased father. Nontawat Numbenchapol contrasts hallucinatory visuals with an ancient Thai tale to convey how national identity and belief can be easily manipulated by context. In Chulyarnnon Siriphol’s emotionally moving short, from which the title of the exhibition is taken, a mother narrates the story of her son’s death in the political protests of April 2009. In his most recent piece, Myth of Modernity, Siriphol draws parallels between religious worship and political reverie.

July 2, 2014

On June 24 and 25, 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art began. 3069 applications by artists under 35 from 84 countries of the world were submitted for the competition, which lasted from November 2013 through March 2014. David Elliott, Artistic Director of the Biennale, proposed the motto A Time for Dreams as the general theme, and curated the main Biennale project, which presented works by 83 artists from 32 countries of the world.

June 17, 2014

The educational program of the Biennale, curated by Antonio Geusa and coordinated by Ekaterina Razdumina, is entitled Wise Advice, and aims at helping young artists to find answers to various questions that concern their creative growth and career development.