If I can make one wish... | Saroot Supasuthivech
If I can make one wish...
29 April - 24 June 2023
For his solo show If I can make one wish…, Saroot Supasuthivech constructs a sequence of videos, dividing a two-channel work into four screens across the gallery space. Centred around the River Kwai, this body of work forms an imaginary memorial for the laborers who died building the Burma Railway in World War II.
Drawing from four languages and a range of cultural sites under one locale, Supasuthivech exposes the devastating multitude of lives affected by the railway’s construction. He questions the institutional refusal to confront both history and death, meanders through the inexplicable ambiguities and commonalities of grief, and examines the lingering remains of the spirit.
The artist also asserts something universal and unifying in this loss. He suggests that these crossing energies ultimately intersect in the same spiritual and emotional reality, imagining a shared realm of blue. We are engulfed by the echoes of the colour’s intrinsic and overlapping meanings: blue subtly conveys sadness, represents trust in the name of unity, and slowly unveils the serenity of truth.
Special thanks to
Bangkok Art Biennale
Fuzion Far East Co.,Ltd.
#SarootSupasuthivech (b.1991, Bangkok, Thailand) graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in mix-media arts from the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, in 2015. Saroot has participated in a number of group exhibitions, most recently including Watch and Chill: Streaming Art to Your Homes, MMCA, M+, MAIIAM, MCAD(2021); ᘐ (Qi), Nova Contemporary, Bangkok(2020); ThaiTai Re-conversation: Based on True Story, About Photography, Bangkok (2018); BACC Early Years Project #2, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok (2017); and Pop Up Museum (Model Study for Nongpho Community), Ratchaburi(2014).#Saroot is currently living and working in Berlin for the 2nd cycle of SEA AiR residency, and will be back on 24 June 2023 for the closing ceremony.