Pratchaya Phinthong creates situations as an invitation made to the visitor to share an experience with him. His projects (without any specific or pred-defined forms) suggest a crack in which the spectators are invited to fill the gaps. He builds a set, a fiction, or a process where he can test our perceptions. He proposes to his audience a story with multiple paths. A trip down memory lane combined with subjective perceptions. His projects are often constructed in a dialogue between the artist and the others, making the artist’s movement glide towards the social field.

Beyond any artistical or formal experience, the artist is looking to find his place and his identity playing on the economic representations and cultural existences.The ‘gallery’ space becomes a free area.

There fore, Pratchaya Phinthong works in a dynamic area in between different realitie sunderlining the space and distance that separates them: two geographical points, two societies, two economic systems.

Traveling is also a key element of his work. The experience of displacement was the focal point of the exhibition “if I dig a very deep hole” that took place in gb agency in 2007. A mental and physical displacement all at once. Sort of a self-portrait of the artist in Paris, “if I dig a very big hole…” portrayed two moons on a negative. The artist found where the extreme geographically opposite place would be to Paris if we could draw a straight line through the globe.

He then went to photograph the full moon on the Chatham islands (New Zealand) before coming to Paris to photograph the same full moon. The same motive, the same thing, two places diametrically opposite from one another, two individual experiences, two different moments are reunited in this work. The clear resolution of this long trip appeared hollow, as a kind of negative or print, almost unperceivable.

Phinthong Pratchaya
Pratchaya Phinthong
Bangkok, 1974

Past Exhibitions

Soil and Stones, Souls and Songs – Bangkok

Art Center at the Jim Thompson House 15/07/2017 — 31/10/2017

Soil and Stones, Souls and Songs

Para Site
18/03/2017 — 11/06/2017

Proposals to Surrender

Ming Contemporary Art Museum – McaM
23/12/2016 — 12/02/2017

Anywhere But Here

14/09/2016 — 05/11/2016

Solo Shows

Pratchaya Phinthong, gb agency, Paris

Pratchaya Phinthong, Broken Hil, Chisenhale Gallery, London

Sleeping sickness, La Criée – Centre d’Art Contemporain, Rennes
Pratchaya Phinthong, gb agency, Paris
Pratchaya Phinthong, GAMeC – Galleria d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Bergamo

Group Shows

Judea, West Den Haag, The Hague
Tobias Rehberger presently, Neugerriemschneider, Berlin
Gutes böses Geld. Eine Bildgeschichte der Ökonomie, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden

Cámara de Maravillas, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City
3rd Ural Industrial Biennial Of Contemporary Art- Mobilization, National Center for Contemporary Arts, Yekaterinburg
La Sottile Linea Del Tempo, Fondazione Museo Miniscalchi-Erizzo, Verona
Time of others, NMAO National Museum of Art Osaka, Osaka
Un été dans la Sierra – Œuvres du Centre national des arts plastiques, FRAC – Ile-de-France – Château Rentilly, Bussy-Saint-Georges
Sob As Nuvens: Da Paranoia Ao Sublime Digital, Museu Serralves, Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto
Happy Together, Tina Kim Gallery, New York City, NY
Time of others, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT), Tokyo
The Way Things Go, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Soleil politique, The museum between light and shadow, MUSEION – Museum für moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst , Bolzano
Forms of Distancing, Palais Wildenstein, Graz
The Ultimate Capital is the Sun, Metabolismus in Kunst, Politik, Philosophie und Wissenschaft – Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK), Berlin
Credit To The Edit, Cneai, Chatou
2nd CAFAM Biennale: The Invisible Hand, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing
And I laid traps for troubadours who get killed before they reached Bombay, Clark House, Mumbai

and Materials and Money and Crisis, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig – MUMOK , Vienna
0 Perfomance – The fragile beauty of crisis / Special projects 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Moscow State Exhibition Hall, Moscow
9th Mercosul Biennial 2013 Porto Alegre Brazil, Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back. Us and Institution, Us as Institution, Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou, Guangdong
12. Triennale Kleinplastik – v – Stadt Fellbach, Kulturamt, Fellbach
In The Heart Of The Country, The Collection Of The Museum Of Modern Art In Warsaw – Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej w Warszawie / Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw
I knOw yoU, Irish Museum of Modern Art, IMMA, Dublin
United We. A project on collective forms of working, thinking, organizing and living, Stroom Den Haag, The Hague
Dreaming is a form of planning, Agustina Ferreyra, San Juan
When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, Museum of Contemporay Art Detroit, Detroit, MI

7th Asia Pacific Triennial Of Contemporary Art (apt7), Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
Taipei Biennial 2012, Modern Monsters / Death and Life of Fiction, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei
When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, San Francisco, CA
Explorateurs. Oeuvres du Centre national des arts plastiques, Musée de l´abbaye Sainte-Croix, Les Sables d’ Olonne
Dimensions Variables, IAC – Institut d’art contemporain Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes, Villeurbanne
Documenta (13), Documenta, Kassel
Mount Fuji does not exist, FRAC – Ile-de-France Le Plateau, Paris
It is what it is. Or is it?, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
From an object´s point of view, Murray Guy, New York City, NY
Art on Farm: a diary from the Isan plateau, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok
How to Make – Ideen, Notationen, Materialisierungen, Kunsthaus Dresden, Dresden
The Generational Triennial: The Ungovernables, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, NY

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Bangkok Country of birth: Thailand Date of birth: 1974 Lives in: Bangkok