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Major Thai artist's video works on show at free exhibition


17 March 2014

The work of major Thai artist Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook - famous for video works which humorously contrast East-West cultural reference points and question what art means to different audiences - is the subject of the University of Sydney Art Gallery's next free exhibition.

The Village and Elsewhere includes two works from Rasdjarmrearnsook's The Two Planets video series. The series depicts Thai audiences - often in bucolic settings - observing and commenting on famous Western artworks.

Alongside these world-famous videos will be a series of Rasdjarmrearnsook's print works, previously not seen outside of Thailand.

The Village and Elsewhere coincides with the 12th International Conference of Thai Studies, to be held at the University of Sydney from 22-24 April, and is presented in association with the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

The exhibition is being co-curated by Professor John Clark, Emeritus Professor at the University's Department of Art History and Film Studies. Professor Clark's academic interests include contemporary Thai art. He is curating the exhibition with one of his students, Claire Veal, who is currently completing a PhD in Thai art.


Event details:
What: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook: The Village and Elsewhere
Where:University Art Gallery, War Memorial Arch, northern end of the Quadrangle, University of Sydney
When: 17 March - 3 May 2014
Cost: Free
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10am-4.30pm; first Saturday of each month, 12-4pm
Contact: 02 93516883 or www.sydney.edu.au/museums

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